Adenoviral infections can affect anyone but are most common among babies and young children. By the time most kids are 10 years old, they've have had at least one adenovirus infection.
Adenoviruses can be responsible for a large variety of symptoms and illnesses including runny nose, fever, bronchitis, sore throat, cough, and pneumonia. Pinkeye (conjunctivitis), diarrhea, bladder infections, and inflammation of the stomach and intestines (gastroenteritis) also can be associated with adenoviruses.
Kids in childcare are particularly at risk for adenovirus infections because the viruses are so contagious. They can be spread through direct personal contact, the air (sneezing and coughing), and by touching an infected object or surface.
Washing hands frequently and keeping surfaces clean can help protect against getting an adenovirus infection.
While complications can occur with adenovirus infections, especially among infants and people with weakened immune systems, most people won't be seriously affected. With rest, plenty of fluids, and acetaminophen for pain and fever, most infections will clear up within a week.
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|Word! Gastroenteritis Feeling sick to your stomach?|
|Croup Croup is characterized by a loud cough that resembles the barking of a seal and difficulty breathing. Most cases of croup are caused by viruses, are mild, and can be treated at home.|
|Hand Washing Did you know that the most important thing you can do to keep from getting sick is to wash your hands? If you don't wash your hands frequently, you can pick up germs from other sources and then infect yourself.|
|A to Z: Pneumonia, Viral Learn about viral pneumonia, a lung infection caused by a virus.|
|Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis) Pinkeye, or conjunctivitis, is the most common eye infection affecting kids. Learn more about pinkeye and how to prevent it from spreading.|
|Pinkeye Pinkeye is the most common eye problem kids can have. It causes redness, itching, inflammation, and pus to collect in the eyes.|
|Why Is Hand Washing So Important? Did you know that proper hand washing is the best way to keep from getting sick? Here's how to teach this all-important habit to your kids.|
|A to Z: Gastroenteritis Gastroenteritis is an infection that causes vomiting and diarrhea.|
|Adenovirus Adenoviruses account for about 10% of acute respiratory infections in kids and are a frequent cause of diarrhea.|
|Why Do I Need to Wash My Hands? Washing your hands is the best way to stop germs from spreading. Learn all about the best way to wash your hands in this article for kids.|
|Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis) Conjunctivitis, commonly called pinkeye, is an inflammation of the tissue covering the eye and inner surface of the eyelid.|
|Pneumonia Pneumonia is a common lung infection that can usually be treated without a hospital stay.|
|Bronchiolitis Bronchiolitis is a common illness of the respiratory tract caused by an infection that affects tiny airways - the bronchioles - that lead to the lungs.|
|Pneumonia Pneumonia is a lung infection that can be caused by different types of germs, most commonly viruses. Read about the various types of pneumonia.|
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