What should I do if I think my child has been exposed to enterovirus D68?

Unfortunately, once your child has had potential exposure to a viral illness, such as enterovirus D68, there is no treatment to prevent the onset of illness. Supportive care at home, including providing plenty of fluids and, as needed, Tylenol or ibuprofen for fever or discomfort, can help if your child becomes ill. Coughing, sneezing, runny nose, fever and muscle aches are common. Monitor your child for severe symptoms such as wheezing or difficulty breathing. Should these symptoms develop, contact your doctor immediately. Thus far it is only recommended that doctors test patients for enterovirus D68 infection if they have severe respiratory illness with unclear cause.
If you think your child has been exposed to enterovirus D68 and they are showing symptoms, keep them home and treat the symptoms. Watch as pediatrician Lisa Thornton, MD, explains how keeping kids home is key to stopping the spread of any virus.
Alan Greene, MD
If you think your child may have been exposed to Enterovirus D68, there are a few things parents can do. In this video, I will discuss how monitoring your child's breathing, having acidic foods and warm liquids can help.

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