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Adenovirus, what’s that?

Paul Banas
Author Paul Banas
Submitted 20-03-2007

Adenoviruses are viruses affecting both humans and animals and were initially isolated in human adenoids (tonsils)—hence the name. The infections caused by these viruses tend to cause illnesses mainly in your toddlers’ respiratory system. Children between the ages of 6 months and 2 years are most commonly susceptible to these infections.

The common cold is the most typical example of an upper respiratory tract infection. A pharyngoconjunctival fever involves sore throat, red eyes with fever. This is another commonly occurring adenoviral infection.

Other adenoviral infections may include:


  • Sore throat
  • Ear infections
  • Tonsillitis
  • Conjunctivitis
Your toddlers and the virus

Toddlers spend their time touching their mouths, noses and eyes throughout the day. They can often be observed running around with runny noses and afterwards, suffering from occasional fevers. The two causes are not unrelated—the one leads to the other. This is because viruses tend to survive on surfaces which your toddlers touch and easily enter their bodies through contamination.

Preventive measures:


  • Make sure kids cover their noses when they sneeze and cough.
  • Wash their hands before and after play and otherwise as frequently as possible.
  • Wash the surfaces they come in contact with—avoid contamination.

Treatments

It is important to remember that antibiotics are not useful in this situation. Although there is no cure for common cold, there are ways of making your toddlers comfortable and relieving them of their symptoms with the help of the following techniques.


  •  moisturizing nasal drops
  • decongestants
  • cough suppressants
  • giving them plenty of fluids to drink