I know we talked about the Enterovirus the other day, but it doesn’t seem to be going away and I thought it might be important to remind readers that we all should take the precautions necessary to try to stave off the virus. Also, there are some indicators that children need to get medical attention right away so I thought I’d share what I read with you from over at the NY Times…
“… signs that a child requires immediate medical care: rapid or labored breathing that involves neck muscles, wheezing, complaining of chest pain or not being able to catch one’s breath, and blue lips. A baby who has to stop drinking from a bottle to breathe should be seen by a doctor. A fever need not be present.
Belabored breathing should be obvious. “Parents aren’t going to miss this,” Dr. Jackson said.
She said many school-aged patients told their parents, “I need to go to the E.R. because I can’t breathe.”
Children with asthma or underlying lung disease are more often sent to intensive-care units, but severe symptoms are “not limited to them,” said Dr. Meg Fisher, medical director at Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, N.J.
Dr. Fisher added: “You can’t totally say: ‘My child doesn’t have asthma. I don’t need to worry.’ ” Monitor children who have colds closely, she said, but “let’s not panic.”
She and others urged parents to take standard precautions to avoid spreading enterovirus: Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. Disinfect toys. Avoid sharing cups or utensils with sick child