Dr Huff suggests a practical tip to encourage children to wash their hands thoroughly and to make hand washing fun for children is the use of song and games. Click here for other practical tips on child health and development.
"Songs that last around 20 seconds are optimal hand washing time such as 'Happy Birthday to You', 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' and 'If You're Happy and You Know it Wash Your Hands' to encourage toddlers play games like Round and Round the Garden using soap," Dr Huff said.
A person may spread this virus to others as long as symptoms are present. The severity of the illness varies from very mild to those who become quite ill. Death can occur.
Symptoms are what one ordinarily would expect, including fever, cough, sore throat, aching, headache, chills and possibly a rash.
Dr Huff said that treatment is available, although the vaccine to prevent this strain of virus has not yet been developed but is to be made available as soon as possible.
"Medications called anti-viral drugs are available and can be quite effective. They are available by prescription only so at the first sign of any of the symptoms mentioned, medical help should be sought."
Dr Huff recommends that parents should encourage a sick child to rest, give fluids and keep the tissues handy. To treat pain and fever use medications recommended by your doctor - do not give children aspirin.
"Remember, use sensible precautions, wash hands, cover coughs and sneezes, try to avoid sick persons and don't alarm children or others by being too fearful.
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