Viral Infections

A virus is a type of germ. Viruses can cause:

  • Minor sore throats.

  • Aches and pains.

  • Headaches.

  • Runny nose.

  • Rashes.

  • Watery eyes.

  • Tiredness.

  • Coughs.

  • Loss of appetite.

  • Feeling sick to your stomach (nausea).

  • Throwing up (vomiting).

  • Watery poop (diarrhea).

HOME CARE

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.

  • Drink enough water and fluids to keep your pee (urine) clear or pale yellow. Sports drinks are a good choice.

  • Get plenty of rest and eat healthy. Soups and broths with crackers or rice are fine.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have a very bad headache.

  • You have shortness of breath.

  • You have chest pain or neck pain.

  • You have an unusual rash.

  • You cannot stop throwing up.

  • You have watery poop that does not stop.

  • You cannot keep fluids down.

  • You or your child has a temperature by mouth above 102° F (38.9° C), not controlled by medicine.

  • Your baby is older than 3 months with a rectal temperature of 102° F (38.9° C) or higher.

  • Your baby is 3 months old or younger with a rectal temperature of 100.4° F (38° C) or higher.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch this condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.