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As children go Back to school Over the past few weeks, doctors have noticed an increase in some children with severe colds from two of the most common viruses known to cause upper respiratory tract infections: rhinoviruses and enteroviruses.

That’s according to a recent report out of Chicago — although the situation isn’t limited to that area.

These viruses usually cause mild upper respiratory symptoms in healthy adults.

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However, he said, “We saw a higher number of small children and children with respiratory diseases than usual [see] In the summer — and many critically ill babies require hospital and ICU admissions, Dr. Kzer Anthony Lim, director of pediatric emergency medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York City, told Fox News Digital.

A child receives an examination from a doctor.

A child receives an examination from a doctor.

Dr. Natalie Lambajian-Drummond of Yorkville, Ill., said, “The most amazing thing is that she had to deliver the baby by ambulance.

While you can get the flu at any time of the year, most flus occur in the winter and spring, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Common respiratory viruses

Many respiratory viruses can cause the common cold, but rhinoviruses are the most common, the CDC says.

The Cedars-Sinai website reports that while there are many types of enterovirus, most cause only mild illness.

Another respiratory virus that causes common cold symptoms is respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), but it can cause serious illness in infants.

These viruses usually occur in summer and autumn and cause the “summer flu” but can also cause other diseases, such as hand, foot and mouth disease.

They mostly attack children because most adults have developed immunity to them, the website added.

Another respiratory virus that causes common cold symptoms is respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), but it can cause serious illness in infants.

A mother examines her sick child's throat.

A mother examines her sick child’s throat.
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“Historically, the respiratory syncytial virus season starts sometime in mid-to-late fall and lasts until early spring,” said Dr. Mike Smith, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Duke University School of Medicine.

“RSV can cause bronchitis – inflammation of the small airways – and breathing difficulties that require hospitalization in babies in the first year of life.”

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He told Fox News Digital that the RSV season has started this year in some parts of the country.

“Children at risk of severe disease after RSV include those born prematurely (< 29 weeks gestational age) or those with chronic lung disease, certain types of heart disease, certain neuromuscular diseases, and immunocompromised," he said.

They reminded people that influenza, commonly called “the flu,” is another common respiratory virus that comes around every year. “Flu vaccines are now available for people 6 months and older, so getting protection is important,” he said.

Common flu symptoms

The first flu symptoms include a sore throat and runny nose, followed by coughing and sneezing, the CDC adds.

Other symptoms may include headache and body aches.

But most people get better within a week to 10 days, according to the CDC.

A woman suffers from a common cold.  Fox News contributor Dr. Mark Siegel said "As the mask comes off and kids start interacting more, we start to see these infections even in time. [over the summer]some mild, some more severe."

A woman suffers from a common cold. “As the masks come off and kids start interacting more, we’re starting to see these infections even prematurely,” said Dr. Mark Siegel, a Fox News contributor. [over the summer]some mild, some more severe.
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“Omicron is associated with more upper respiratory symptoms than previous variants,” he said Dr. Mark Seala Fox News contributor and professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center.

Siegel told Fox News Digital that this makes it difficult to distinguish Omicron from other upper respiratory tract infections like rhinoviruses, RSV and enteroviruses — especially in young children.

“Obviously, when the mask comes off and kids start interacting more, we start seeing these infections even prematurely [over the summer]some mild, some more severe,” he said.

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This now increases the likelihood that other respiratory viruses will cause common cold symptoms compared to a couple of years ago — many health care professionals say “with every sore throat, every sinus infection, Every cough in covid,Sigel added.

Common cold and covid-19 restrictions

Typically, people who get a serious illness like pneumonia have a “compromised immune system, asthma, or respiratory problems,” the CDC said.

But due to the limitations of the Covid-19 pandemic, some children’s immune systems have not developed immunity to the common cold.

While young children can catch the common cold from some respiratory viruses, some can get more serious infections today, medical experts say.

While young children can catch the common cold from some respiratory viruses, some can get more serious infections today, medical experts say.
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So while young children get the common cold from some respiratory viruses, some can get more serious infections. “I would say the under-5s are the type of group to watch,” Lambajian-Drummond warned on CBS.

“A lot of the young kids that we’re seeing when they get these viruses are doing really hard courses.”

Due to the restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic, some children’s immune systems have not developed immunity to the flu.

Lim, an associate professor of emergency medicine, pediatrics and medical education at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, said, “There are many possible explanations for this resurgence, including Covid-19, enterovirus D68 and a decline in natural immunity.”

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Although Covid-19 in children generally presents as a mild disease, a small number of children are at risk of serious illness – only 7% of children under 5 are vaccinated, and this group will be particularly vulnerable as schools move towards masking.

He told Fox News Digital that limited opportunities for physical child care and school have reduced exposure to common diseases that can build up natural defenses in young children.

Epidemiology

Millions of Americans get the common cold every year, with adults getting an average of 2-3 colds a year. But children often have multiple infections, according to the CDC.

“The common cold is a leading cause of children missing school and adults missing work,” the CDC says on its website.

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There is no cure for the common cold, so treatment is based on symptoms, according to the CDC.

Prevention is key.

To reduce your risk of catching the flu, the CDC recommends these simple tips: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid contact with sick people. And don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

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The agency recommends calling your doctor if you or your children develop cold symptoms for the following reasons: symptoms lasting more than 10 days; unusual or severe symptoms such as fever, or your child is weak; Your baby is less than 3 months old.

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