What to Look for and How to Prevent the Spread
of Enterovirus 68 and other Viruses
What to look for:
- Symptoms start out like a cold including a runny nose, cough and possibly a fever.
- Watch for breathing that seems labored or faster than normal, or audible with wheezing.This is especially important for patients with a history of asthma.
- For children at risk, such as those with chronic cardiac or respiratory conditions or young infants, seek care immediately if they become symptomatic.
- If you are worried, don’t wait. Call or go to your pediatrician immediately!
- It can take one to two weeks to recover fully.
Tips for preventing the spread of the virus:
- Cover coughs and sneezes! Encourage your children to cough and sneeze into their elbows, not their hands.
- Make sure everyone in your family is washing hands or using hand sanitizer regularly and when they get home from school and work.
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as toys, countertops and doorknobs.
- Avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Don’t send your child to school with symptoms including a fever.
Resources for Viral Infection Prevention
R Baby Foundation recommends the following resources on newborn viral infection diagnosis and prevention: