Rhinovirus is a common virus. It can cause an infection in the upper and sometimes lower respiratory tract. It is the most common cause of the common cold and peaks between March and October. This infection can cause complications for infants and can increase stroke risk in children. Rhinovirus lasts about seven days for adults and between 10-14 days in children. Depending on age, symptoms vary and may include:

  • dry/irritated nose
  • sore throat, hoarseness
  • sneezing, nasal congestion and discharge
  • headache
  • fever
  • sinus and ear pressure
  • cough
  • vomiting
  • irritability
  • restlessness
  • lack of smell and taste

Rhinovirus can also cause complications. For infants and those with asthma, there is a higher risk of exacerbations, pneumonia and chronic bronchitis. Other complications include sinusitis and ear infections. If you or your child is diagnosed with rhinovirus, make sure to disinfect toys and common areas around the house. For relief from rhinovirus symptoms, try these simple remedies:

  • over-the-counter antihistamine
  • over-the-count decongestants
  • lots of sleep
  • stay hydrated with fluids
  • nasal saline spray

If your child is experiencing symptoms of rhinovirus, contact your physician. They will do a physical exam and may recommend cough suppressants, antihistamines, pain/fever reducers and nasal saline sprays. If there is a more serious infection they can evaluate and treat it. You and your child do not have to suffer from symptoms of rhinovirus.