How To Treat And Prevent Viral Infection in Toddlers

Viral infection in toddlers is common as young children are susceptible to viral infections.

Viral infection

Let's understand what viral infections are. Infections that are caused by some virus in your body are known as viral infections. Viruses can infect body tissue - it can even infect tissue in the skin or the brain. These infections cannot be treated...

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...with the use of antibiotics. Generally a lot of viral infections can be fought by the person's own immune system. A healthy diet, adequate rest and enough fluids can give a boost to the immune system. Doctors might prescribe anti-viral medicines depending upon the kind of viral infection.

Toddler viral infection

Toddlers and infants can get similar symptoms from bacterial and viral infections. Bacteria and viruses get into the body through mucous membranes in the skin, rectum, genital area, mouth, and nasal passages.

According to health experts the common symptoms of viral infections in toddlers and infants include diarrhea, increased spitting, vomiting, less appetite, wheezing, difficulty in breathing, cough, runny nose, fussiness, sleepiness, rash, and fever. You need to remember that when children have bacterial infections, then the symptoms are similar.

Treatment of viral infections

There are different treatment plans for viral and bacterial infections, so a doctor needs to diagnose the infections and prescribe medicines accordingly. Since it's difficult to differentiate between bacterial and viral infections, doctors ask for a child's medical history, and examine the toddler before coming to a conclusion about the kind of viral infection that has affected the child. Certain medicines or anti-viral therapies might be suggested to tackle the viral infection. However, there are no therapies for several types of viral infection.

Preventing Viral infections in Toddlers

As a parent you can try some ways to prevent infections, bacterial or viral. However, no method is full-proof. Following good hygiene is very important. Washing your hands and the toddler's hands regularly with a disinfecting soap is also important. Do this every time you come back from a public place, wipe a runny nose, touch surfaces in a crowded area. Encourage your child care provider to use the same methods so that the risks of passing on an infection are minimized.

It is also important to get timely immunizations. Speak to your paediatrician, who can recommend and educate you about the various immunizations available.

It is also advisable to take your child to a doctor with the right qualifications and work experience. A trusted health expert will be able to treat your child better.

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