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Doctor insights on: Kids With Enterovirus Infection

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Rotavirus infection serious in kids?

Rotavirus infection serious in kids?

Generally not: Similar to other viruses which infect the GI tract, but the nausea, vomiting, fever and respiratory symptoms may be slightly worse. Children will be lethargic, not have much appetite, and may develop low grade liver inflammation. Serious complications are almost entirely related to dehydration, imbalance of electrolytes, and acidosis. Often lasts 8-10 days and rarely requires hospitalization. ...Read more

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May older children and adults catch the respiratory syncytial virus (rsv)?

May older children and adults catch the respiratory syncytial virus (rsv)?

Yes: RSV may be acquired at any age. It is especially severe in its presentation among patients who are already ill. The elderly population is also vulnerable. To prevent the spread of RSV, good hand washing and wiping off surfaces with anti-bacterial wipes is helpful. PRMG/Pediatrics/CA ...Read more

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Can my child attend school with a post viral rash? Fever is gone, no other symptoms.

Can my child attend school with a post viral rash?  Fever is gone, no other symptoms.

Viral Exanthum : The level of contagion drops significantly once a child has been fever free without medications for 24 hours. Viral rashes often take much longer to resolve but should not prohibit school or daycare attendance. An exception would be chickenpox, which should be considered contagious until all lesions are scanned and dry. ...Read more

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If a child has measles, can his immune parent "carry" the virus and unintentionally infect other susceptible children?

If a child has measles, can his immune parent "carry" the virus and unintentionally infect other susceptible children?

No: Viral carriage is not likely in an immune host. In order for a virus to survive it must be able to invade its host's cells, and pre-existing immunity should prevent this from occurring. ...Read more

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Roseola reinfection? Can a child come down with roseola twice?

Roseola reinfection? Can a child come down with roseola twice?

Not exactly: Roseola is most commonly caused by a virus called hhv-6 (human herpes virus-6, and you can only get this illness once. There are, however several look alike illnesses caused by different virus groups including hhv-7, enteroviruses, adenoviruses, and parainfluenza viruses that can closely resemble roseola and would fool most anyone. ...Read more

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Which ear infection viruses or bacteria will surely cause ear infections in a child's playmates?

Which ear infection viruses or bacteria will surely cause ear infections in a child's playmates?

Not contagious: Ear infections are not contagious. Oftentimes, a baby or toddler has a an accompanying cold when having an ear infection. The cold is contagious to another child and that adds a risk of developing an ear infection. ...Read more

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How does a child contract scarlet fever streptococcal infection?

How does a child contract scarlet fever streptococcal infection?

Other people: Strep is a bacteria that is passed from one person to another by mucous droplets. Strep is quite contagious and easily spread from one to another. ...Read more

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Can a child catch pneumonia in a household where viral pneumonia is present?

Can a child catch pneumonia in a household where viral pneumonia is present?

Yes: Keep children away from sick people. Take it as an opportunity to teach good hygiene practices. Wash hands, cover your cough, use clean utensils and tools ...Etc. ...Read more

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Could an adult carry on his hands, chicken pox germs from infected children to other uninfected children?

Could an adult carry on his hands, chicken pox germs from infected children to other uninfected children?

No: If the adult has active chicken pox then yes. If the adult has had chickenpox and is immune then not they will not carry it... Wash hands between touching an infected child and an uninfected child. It is spread primarily through respiratory droplets. ...Read more

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Can a child with bacterial pneumonia go swimming?

Can a child with bacterial pneumonia go swimming?

Not advised: The child's respiratory capacity may be compromised, making them more prone to tiring and then risk of accidental drowning. With bacterial pneumonia, there is usually a fair amount of fluid in the lungs, and thus the capacity may be compromised. It would be ok to dangle feet in the water, but i wouldn't advise actual swimming until done with medicine and cleared by doctor. ...Read more

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We were in contact with a boy with rashes vomiting (gastrointestinal virus) most likely. I'm 26 weeks pregnant and have young kids. Dangerous?

We were in contact with a boy with rashes vomiting (gastrointestinal virus) most likely. I'm 26 weeks pregnant and have young kids. Dangerous?

Possibly: The "danger" of a viral gastroenteritis is dehydration. If you do develop nausea, vomiting or diarrhea then you need to be sure you stay hydrated. If you are unable to do that adequately then see a doctor or urgent care for possible prescription and/or i.v. fluids ...Read more

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Is viral pneumonia contagious? A child where i work was diagnoised with viral pneumonia. Is it contagiious?

Is viral pneumonia contagious? A child where i work was diagnoised with viral pneumonia.  Is it contagiious?

Maybe: Viruses can be transmitted person to person, however a virus that causes pneumonia in one person may not necessarily cause pneumonia in another person who is infected with it. For example the flu can can cause a fever, muscle aches and few lung symptoms in one person but a severe pneumonia in another. ...Read more

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Death associated with influenza usually occurs with an infection with the normal floral microbe, staphylococcus pneumoniae...Correct?

Death associated with influenza usually occurs with an infection with the normal floral microbe, staphylococcus pneumoniae...Correct?

In whom?: In the elderly and those with underlying comorbities such as chronic heart, kidney or lung disease, superinfection with bacteria causing pneumonia is common but in young otherwise healthy people, acute fulminant deaths from influenza are likely due to primary flu pneumonia. ...Read more

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Do babies get fevers with ear infections?

Do babies get fevers with ear infections?

Sometimes.: Ear infections can occur with or without fever. Other symptoms of ear infections include ear pulling or rubbing, decreased sleep or eating, fussing, not wanting to be laid down, and vomiting. Fevers can be caused by viruses, bacteria, and even noninfectious conditions. If you think your baby might have an ear infection, please take him or her to the doctor. ...Read more

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Do children with Chronic benign neutrophenia also have problem fighting viral infections or have problem only fighting bacterial infections?

Do children with Chronic benign neutrophenia also have problem fighting viral infections or have problem only fighting bacterial infections?

Bacterial only: Unless there is an additional immune disorder affecting lymphocytes, one would expect a person with chronic benign neutropenia to have more problems with recurrent bacterial infections and be able to respond normally to viral infections. ...Read more

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Can people who have had polio with no symptoms, or flu-like illness ('abortive infection') - 95% have post polio syndrome?

Can people who have had polio with no symptoms, or flu-like illness ('abortive infection') - 95% have post polio syndrome?

No not true: Oeople who had asymptomatic polio myelitis with just flu like illness and no neyrological deficit means their anterior horn cells and other neurological areas like brain stem etc were not attacked and they will lead normal life an will not get post polio syndrome.Only 1% ofcases virus enters the nervous system, destroying the neurons and causing paralysis and lasting muscle weakness;later pps. ...Read more

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If a child is diagnosed with scarlet fever, will the family members receive antibiotics as prophylaxis?

If a child is diagnosed with scarlet fever, will the family members receive antibiotics as prophylaxis?

Not necessarily: This disease is caused by the organism which causes strep throat and many family members may be carrying this in the back of their throats without symptoms. There are some doctors who may favor prophylactic treatment, but it does not have a high success rate in eradication of these bacteria. It is a judgement call by the doctor. ...Read more

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Can children immunized against respiratory syncytial virus still get it?

Yes: Rsv prophylaxis only protects against pneumonia. With the new drug motavizumab the lokelihood fir upper resp tract infection is lower. Keep in mind that there is no immunity after the prophylaxis. Its an antibody. Not a vaccine. The concentration drops after administration and needs to be repeated. ...Read more