Mysterious Illness Hospitalizes
Hundreds of Children in the Midwest
It started with just a case or two.
A strange illness, striking kids and teens. Then, the numbers started to grow. And the disease spread from one state to the next across the Midwest.
At this point, more than a thousand children have been taken to emergency rooms all around the Midwest and as far east as Pennsylvania. And it’s all due to a mysterious respiratory infection.
In Kansas City, 300 cases have afflicted children. Nearly 45 of those kids have ended up in the Intensive Care Unit, fighting for their lives.
In Cincinnati, a record number of children have been hospitalized this month and doctors are still working on getting a handle on the cause.
To date, the CDC has received requests from 10 states to help them identify and treat these mysterious infections.
Currently, doctors believe they are dealing with a particularly virile strain of an enterovirus. And they believe we’re just at the beginning of this outbreak.
There’s no vaccine. Treatment options are limited to what you would receive when down with a regular cold or the flu. Your best option is prevention.
Children With Asthma At Highest Risk
Like so many diseases, this infection affects different people in different ways.
For some, symptoms are limited to a mild fever, a runny nose, and aching muscles.
For others, things take a much nastier turn. One mother talked about how her son went from having mild cold symptoms to fighting for his life in the course of a night. He was okay one moment, and then unconscious the next.
If you have a child or grandchild who suffers from asthma, it’s especially important to talk to your kids about the best ways to keep from getting sick.
Stop the Spread of Infection
Since this virus is affecting kids, that’s where you want to focus your preventative efforts. These four steps can help…
- Take some time today to remind the children in your life how to properly wash their hands. Have them soap up with warm water and then scrub all over their hands while they sing the Happy Birthday song twice through. And then talk to them about when they should wash their hands. (After using the restroom, before they eat, after coming in from outside, and after they sneeze or cough.)
- If you have children in school, that is where they are mostly likely to catch this virus. Talk to your child’s teacher about what steps are taken to keep the classroom clean and to sanitize surfaces. You may even consider volunteering your time to make sure these steps get done each day … at least until this outbreak ends.
- Make sharing without sharing germs easy to do. Kids love to share. They share snacks. They share drinks. They share schools supplies. And, of course, they share germs. You can cut down on the germ-sharing by providing snacks that are easy to share—like individually wrapped fruit gels or cracker packs.
- Insist on a consistent bedtime. Your body does its best fighting while you sleep. Getting a good night’s sleep is just as important when it comes to keeping your child’s immune system strong. So pick a reasonable bedtime (kids under thirteen need 10 to 12 hours of sleep a night), and stick to it. Your kids might not like it, but it’s good for them, they’ll be less cranky during the day, and you might get to enjoy a little more quiet time in the evening. Sounds like a pretty good policy to me.
When Your Child Needs Immediate Help
No matter how good you do at taking preventative steps, there’s still a chance your child may fall ill with this nasty virus. If that happens, you can help them get over it faster — and hopefully prevent a trip to the emergency room … or worse, the intensive care unit.
First, keep your sick child out of school. That will help slow the spread of this nasty mystery virus.
While they are sick, encourage your child to sleep as much as possible. A full night’s sleep plus a nap or two during the day is great for getting well.
Also, make sure they drink plenty of liquids. And chicken soup really is good for a cold, so keep several cans on hand.
If your kids don’t already take a teaspoon or two of cod liver oil a day, definitely have them do it while they’re sick. The vitamin A and vitamin D in cod liver oil give the immune system the kind of support it needs to fight off nasty viruses.
Finally, watch for a high fever that doesn’t go down even when you treat it with Tylenol, a worsening cough, or trouble breathing. These are signs that you should take your child in for immediate help.
Stay safe — and keep your kids safe from this strange illness spreading through America’s schools.
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