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What are treatments for adenovirus infections?

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Antibiotics won't help adenovirus infections because they only kill bacteria. Children often get over the illness on their own within a few days.

You can do some things to help your child feel better:

  • Give plenty of liquids. Water or 100% fruit juice are the best choices.
  • Clear congestion. Help your child blow her nose often.
  • Turn on a cool-mist humidifier to loosen congestion.
  • Ask your doctor if you can give your child acetaminophen or ibuprofen for aches and fever. Don't give children aspirin -- it can lead to a rare but serious condition called Reye syndrome.

From: What Are Adenovirus Infections? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Adenovirus Infections."

Boston Children's Hospital: "Adenovirus Infections in Children."

CDC: "Adenovirus," “Adenoviruses: Outbreaks.”

HealthyKids.org: "Adenovirus Infections."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on November 04, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Adenovirus Infections."

Boston Children's Hospital: "Adenovirus Infections in Children."

CDC: "Adenovirus," “Adenoviruses: Outbreaks.”

HealthyKids.org: "Adenovirus Infections."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on November 04, 2018

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