Viral Infections

Types of Viral Infections In Children

What is a viral infection? To put it simply, any disease which is caused by virus is termed as viral infection.

Although people of all ages can become victims of viral infections, it is mostly children who are most susceptible to this debilitating infection. Viruses could affect all the parts of the body and lead to infections such as flu, cough and cold chickenpox and measles in children. The commonest virus infections generally affect the respiratory tract.

When it comes to viral infection in a child, it is best to make an appointment with the pediatrician immediately. The doctors at Pediatric Partners would prescribe over the counter medications which would heal your kid in no time.

Types Of Viral Infections

Common Cold

This is one of the most frequently occurring viral infections which affects the nose and throat of the child. Some of the common symptoms include runny nose, sore throat, coughing and sneezing. Although a minor infection common cold in children can turn grave if not taken care of immediately.


Influenza, commonly known as flu is an infection in the respiratory tract which is caused by viruses. Some of the flu symptoms include fever, headache, sore throat and body chills. Unlike other minor viral infections flu can lead to life threatening complications in children.

Gastrointestinal Infections

When the gastrointestinal system gets affected by viruses it manifests itself in symptoms like abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea. Some of the commonest causes of viral gastroenteritis are improper hygiene following defecation or improper handling of diapers.

Viral Skin Infections

Your child’s skin can also get affection by viral infections causing rashes, chicken pox or measles. Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease which is most common in children under the age of 15. It comes in the form of blister like rash which starts to spread very easily. Chickenpox is a virus which stays in our body for life and a person who gets it once will not contract the virus again in all probabilities.

Treating Viral Infections In Children

Viral infections in children need to be immediately attended to since their immune system is not as strong as adults. Some viral infections can get real serious while other just gives them a feeling of discomfort and unease.

Some of the common symptoms of viral infection in children include fever, headache, running nose, stuffed nose, sore throat and fatigue.

You can do the following things to give your child some relief:

• Make them drink plenty of water and fruit juice and avoid giving milk
• Make use of hot steam to ease the congestion in the nose and chest
• Allow your child to take lots of rest
• Give them throat lozenges to suck on
• See a doctor if the symptoms persists for more than 4 days.



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