How would my child be treated for mononucleosis?

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Your doctor will talk with you about specific care for your child. Some general guidelines to follow include:

  • Encourage plenty of rest.
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol®, Tempra®, Panadol®) or ibuprofen (Motrin®, Pediaprofen®, Advil®) may be given for pain or fever. Follow the directions on the box carefully or ask your doctor how much medicine to give.
  • Do not give your child more than 5 doses of acetaminophen in a 24-hour period.
  • Do not give acetaminophen to babies less than 3 months of age without a doctor's order.
  • Do not give ibuprofen to babies less than 6 months of age without a doctor's order.
  • Offer plenty of liquids and provide healthy foods to eat.
  • Limit activity and contact sports as advised by your doctor because of risk of injury to an enlarged spleen.

Children can return to school when the fever is gone and they can swallow normally.

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