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When should I call the doctor about my child's EV-D68 symptoms?

Dr. Darria Long Gillespie, MD
Emergency Medicine
In most children, the symptoms of EV-D68 will be those of a mild cold. However, in some children the symptoms can be more severe. If your child seems to have any trouble breathing, or  weakness in their arms or legs, call your doctor immediately. Signs that your child is having breathing trouble include:
  • Rapid or shallow breathing
  • Blue lips
  • Leaning forward to breathe
  • Straining in their neck muscles, or above or below their collarbone
  • Straining in the muscles below their ribs
  • Wheezing sounds
  • Any sign that your child can't catch his or her breath
As the parent, you know your child best. So, even if your child doesn’t have any of these symptoms, but is just worrying you, CALL the doctor.  Trust your gut. No doctor will ever be upset with you for calling as a worried parent.

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