A Cold is not a Cold!
Many parents are hearing and are worried about the respiratory virus that is infecting children in several US states. Here's the scoop:
- It is not a new or "super" virus. It's enterovirus EV-D68 which is uncommon but was identified in the 1960s. There is no vaccine.
- it causes respiratory symptoms similar to the common cold.
- it can be more serious in young children and babies and children with underlying allergies, asthma, heart or respiratory problems.
- most cases are mild, self limited, and run their course without any complications.
- call the doctor if your child has severe symptoms, breathing difficulty, uncontrolled or new wheezing, or poor fluid intake. Fever itself isn't concerning but if the fever is present for longer than four days or doesn't respond to appropriate doses of Tylenol or Motrin, call your doctor.
- DO NOT PANIC. Watch your child closely and call if he/she seems sicker than an ordinary cold. Also, protect your child from the other nasty respiratory virus out there, influenza. Get your flu shot!!!!