How can I treat my child's viral infection?

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Although there are some specific antiviral drugs (such as for the treatment of influenza A and B), there are no drugs to treat most other respiratory viral illnesses. Common viral infections in children usually last only a short time and are best treated by ensuring adequate fluid intake, restricting strenuous exercise and allowing the illness to run its course. Over-the-counter cold medicines should not be used in children.

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Viral Infections

Viral Infections

Viral infections like herpes simplex, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), chicken pox and rotavirus are infections caused by a virus instead of a bacterium. Viral infections do not respond to antibiotics, but some specific viruses ...

like influenza A and B can be treated with certain antiviral medications. Most commonly, treatment for viral infections includes drinking lots of fluids, getting rest, eating well and letting the illness run its course.
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