How to Treat Adenovirus Symptoms at Home

I’m not a doctor. Let’s start there. I am a mom with three really sick kids at home who has seen multiple doctors with little help. So, here we are. My kids and husband have had some form of Adenovirus for weeks. I went after it hardcore, and I thought I’d share what I’ve learned if it helps another desperate mom out there.

What are the symptoms?

We had all of these at the same time.

  • common cold or flu-like symptoms
  • fever
  • sore throat
  • bronchitis
  • pneumonia 
  • pink eye 
  • intestinal issues, including stomach pain

Relieve the Symptoms

Adenovirus is a virus. Antibiotics won’t get rid of it, and all you can do is manage the symptoms. Trust me, until my daughter got pneumonia, I begged our doctors for meds. No luck. After a week, she started complaining of stomach pain, and it turns out it was chest pain, and she had pneumonia. So, the doctor put her on a Penicillin-based antibiotic. 

For the first week, I spent my time relieving the kids’ symptoms. Saline nasal spray helped with the insane amount of congestion, but Sudafed (for kids) dried them up enough to breathe and sleep. If your kids are old enough, try a nasal wash. My husband said it helped the most. 

Their temperatures got frighteningly high. My daughter was just under 104 at one point. We did lukewarm baths, which made her miserable, and they didn’t do a lot. Start by removing all blankets and warm pajamas. Then, rotate Tylenol and Motrin every three hours. It is the only treatment that brought her fever down. Usually, I do my best to let fevers fight the infection, but I needed to bring it down and fast this time. 

If your kids are old enough to sleep with pillows, be sure to prop them up at bedtime. You lose the ability to breathe with this virus. Also, my daughter choked multiple times because of the mucous, so encourage your kids to blow their noses frequently.

The doctor’s diagnosed my kids with one look due to the viral pink eye. Seriously gross! Their eyes were full of gunk that blurred their vision and stuck their eyelashes together. I used warm compresses to clean up their eyes, and the doctor prescribed an antibiotic ointment to prevent bacterial infections. “Red Eye” drops did help a lot. My daughter said it helped with the eye pain.  

Keep it from Coming Back

Start with Lysol. Usually, I use more chemical-free products, but this persistent illness needs the big guns. So grab the Lysol, and spray it on absolutely everything. Focus on the high-touch areas.

Get everyone to wash their hands with soap multiple times per day. Sanitizer works too, but I think we’ve all maxed out on harsh, drying sanitizers. 

Over the last few weeks, I feel like my kids have been sicker than ever before. They tested negative for other viruses and illnesses. Yes, Adenovirus may be common, but it is brutal. 

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