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Viruses cause many illnesses in children, from colds and stomach flu to mumps. Sometimes children have general symptoms—such as not feeling like eating or just not feeling well—that do not fit with a specific illness.
If your child has a rash, your doctor may be able to tell clearly if your child has an illness such as measles. Sometimes a child may have what is called a nonspecific viral illness that is not as easy to name. A number of viruses can cause this mild illness. Antibiotics do not work for a viral illness.
Your child will probably feel better in a few days. If not, call your child's doctor.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: June 9, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & John Pope MD - Pediatrics & Elizabeth T. Russo MD - Internal Medicine
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