There’s a common misconception that mononucleosis, typically called mono, can only be spread from kissing. While the virus can be spread that way, there are a handful of other ways to spread it, making young kids susceptible to the virus as well. It’s important to determine if your child is suffering from mono so that he or she can recover, but equally important that the virus not be spread to friends and classmates.
Signs and Symptoms of Mono
If your child has developed mono, he or she will likely begin to experience symptoms 4 to 7 weeks after the virus was contracted. Signs of mono include:
- Extreme fatigue
- Fever and sore throat (often with swollen tonsils)
- Loss of appetite
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Sore muscles and weakness
- Skin rash
- Abdominal pain
- Larger-than-normal liver or spleen
While symptoms will usually dissipate within 2 to 4 weeks, fatigue and weakness have been known to last as long as a few months. If your child is suffering from the above symptoms, a doctor will need to perform a blood test and physical exam to properly diagnose the virus.
The best way to treat mono is to make sure your child gets plenty of rest, especially toward the beginning of the illness when symptoms are at their worst. If your child is suffering from a fever and aching muscles, acetaminophen or ibuprofen may offer some relief. It’s important to note that aspirin should never been given to a child with a viral illness. Make sure your child drinks plenty of fluids as well while recovering. Doctors suggest that children who get mono stay away from sports for at least a month after the symptoms have subsided because the spleen is usually still enlarged and at risk of rupturing.
If you believe your child may be suffering from mono, it’s important a medical professional sees them. At Medical City Children’s Urgent Care, our technicians are highly qualified in pediatrics and will treat your child with the utmost care.
Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.