Does your baby sweat excessively? Does her stomach appear swollen? If you can relate to the situation or this sounds like your little munchkin, consider reading our post. You dear little angel might be suffering from mononucleosis. Can babies get mononucleosis, what is mononucleosis, how to identify it, and how to treat if effectively? Get the answers to your questions here.
What Is Mononucleosis?
Infectious mononucleosis, also popular as ‘mono’, is a contagious disease that affects babies. Most often, mononucleosis spreads through the saliva of an infected family member or individuals who come into contact with babies. If your baby suffers from mononucleosis, consult your physician as soon as possible for the right treatment and her early recovery.
Causes Of Mononucleosis In Babies:
Mononucleosis mostly occurs due to the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). However, various other viruses can also lead to mono in babies. Some other causes of infectious mononucleosis in babies include:
- Saliva of individuals with mononucleosis infection.
- Sharing vessels, foods, drinks, cups, and other things.
- Exposure to cough and sneeze of a person with an EBV infection. (1)
[ Read: Bacterial Infections In Babies ]
Symptoms Of Mononucleosis In Babies:
Symptoms of infectious mononucleosis surface in a few weeks after she catches the EBV infection. Mono symptoms in babies in babies may develop gradually and not all at the same time.
- Lot of weakness or fatigue
- Excessive sweating
- High temperature
- Development of rash
- Swelling in the lymph nodes in armpits and neck
- Swelling in spleen or liver or both
- Sore throat
- Body aches and headaches (2)
Most babies feel better in two to four weeks. However, fatigue in babies may last for some more weeks.
Diagnosing Mononucleosis In Babies:
Physicians can diagnose baby mononucleosis with a mere observation of symptoms. However, certain laboratory tests and antibody tests help confirm the infection of EBV. Blood test report of babies with mononucleosis infection shows:
- Greater white blood cells than normal
- A fewer than normal platelets and neutrophils
- Abnormal white blood cells
- Abnormal functioning of liver
[ Read: Symptoms Of Encephalitis In Babies ]
Treating Mononucleosis In Babies:
Although there is no specific cure for infectious mononucleosis in babies, you can follow certain measures to mitigate the symptoms and make your baby feel better. These include:
1. Let The Baby Have Ample Of Rest:
Let your baby rest to minimize weakness and swelling resulting due to mononucleosis. Having sufficient rest will prevent aggravation of symptoms. Prevent your little one from moving around too much. Don’t encourage high energy activities.
2. Increase Your Baby’s Fluid Intake:
Make sure you feed your baby lots of nutritious fluids and water. Sufficient fluid intake prevents the risk of dehydration in your little one. Offer your baby fresh fruit juices and water at regular intervals.
3. Consult A Physician For Medications:
Consulting a physician will help treat fever and pain resulting due to mononucleosis in babies effectively. Don’t give her any other medication than what the physician prescribes. (3)
[ Read: Scarlet Fever In Babies ]
Preventing Mononucleosis In Babies:
There is no vaccine to prevent mononucleosis in babies. However, following certain prevention tips can help keep EBV infection in babies at bay. These include:
- Prevent your baby from coming in contact with individuals with EBV infection.
- Clean all clothes, utensils, spoons, and other things that come in direct contact with your little one.
- Avoid sharing others’ utensils, cups, clothes, bed sheets, and other things with your baby.
- Ensure she has more than enough water and other essential fluids.
Did your little angel suffer from infectious mononucleosis at any time? What did you do to cure it? Share your knowledge and experience with other mommies here. Leave a comment.
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