Symptoms of EV-D68 Sickness
The virus causes mild to severe respiratory illness that presents in the following ways:
- Runny nose
- Body and muscle aches
- Difficulty breathing
- Paralysis (in rare, severe cases)
Natural Treatment OptionsWhen you consult with your child's doctor, he or she will be able to determine whether your child has EV-D68 or another respiratory illness such as the flu. There are no medications on the market to treat EV-D68. If your child catches the virus and requires a stay in the hospital, he or she will receive assistance with breathing from hospital staff if necessary, and will be monitored. Otherwise, children have to push through the symptoms, which pass with the virus within roughly 10 days. Cold medication is unlikely to work, and painkillers like Tylenol should never be given to children.
Try these natural remedies to speed up the recovery process and soothe symptoms.
#1 – Hydrogen PeroxideHydrogen peroxide has long been used as a disinfectant in many homes. It can be bought in its diluted form at percentages ranging from 3% to 10%. If your child is suffering from EV-D68 and is older, feel free to create an antiseptic gargle using hydrogen peroxide to help with sore throat and mucus secretion. Mix 2 teaspoons of diluted hydrogen peroxide with a cup of warm water and have your child gargle the mixture at the back of his or her throat for a minute before spitting it out. If you have any doubt as to whether your child will be able to gargle the solution without swallowing it, rely on one of the other methods.
#2 – Activated CharcoalActivated charcoal is a highly absorbent material that has been used for centuries to detox the body of everything from viruses to toxins. It can help your child's body get rid of the EV-D68 virus quickly. You can buy activated charcoal as a supplement or as a powder in a jar that you can mix with water. Mix 1 to 2 teaspoons of activated charcoal with a full glass of water. Have your child drink the mixture, along with another full glass of water. For supplement use, follow the instructions on the label. Your child's next few bowel movements will be black, a sign that the charcoal is working its way through his or her system.
#3 – Natural Immune System BoostersEnsuring that your child's immune system is in top shape is crucial to helping fight off the EV-D68 virus. Have your child eat the following foods during illness to give his or her immune system a hand:
- Probiotic yogurt
- Citrus (oranges, pineapple)
- Lean meats such as chicken and beef