A to Z: Viral Infectionenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgA viral infection is a an infection caused by a virus (a type of germ).virus in child, virus in baby, virus in toddler, virus in preschooler, virus in gradeschooler, virus in teen, virus, viral, viruses, germs, infections, a to z, dictionary, viral infections, infections caused by viruses07/16/201204/12/201909/02/2019008cb133-9a6e-4b42-aff4-4d10a23708f5https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-viral.html/<p><em>May also be called: Virus</em></p> <p>A viral infection is an infection or disease caused by a virus (a type of germ).</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>Infections can be caused by different germs, such as bacteria or viruses. Viral infections can cause many different symptoms, like <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fever.html/">fever</a>, congestion, sore throat, cough, ear pain, vomiting, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/diarrhea.html/">diarrhea</a>, or rash.</p> <p>Sometimes the responsible virus is easily determined while other times this isn't possible. While both viral and bacterial infections can make someone feel sick, only infections caused by bacteria can be treated with antibiotics.</p> <p>Antibiotics won't help a viral infection get better or keep it from being contagious, and can sometimes cause unnecessary side effects.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Viral infections can be frustrating and uncomfortable. But with rest and supportive care (like staying hydrated), most people&nbsp;will feel better in a few days.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
ColdsColds are the most common infectious disease in the United States - and the top reason kids visit the doctor and miss school.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cold.html/b9edc12e-0507-49ec-84a9-b00b20e89827
Coping With ColdsMost teens get between two and four colds each year. Read this article for the facts on colds and ways to feel better when you catch one.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/colds.html/dd5a6c53-60f6-4e16-ad82-61dddcad1910
First Aid: Common ColdKids can get up to eight colds a year - or more. The common cold sends more kids to the doctor than any other illness.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/common-cold-sheet.html/f9dd685a-6973-4a14-bf84-2fbfc63dd908
Flu CenterGet the basics on how flu spreads and how to protect yourself.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/center/flu-center.html/29c8c418-e1e7-4d27-80c8-a72d30f15cab
Germs: Bacteria, Viruses, Fungi, and ProtozoaGerms are tiny organisms that can cause disease - and they're so small that they can creep into your system without you noticing. Find out how to protect yourself.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/care-about-germs.html/59b8feef-766a-4272-ac83-38140b1d176a
Hand Washing: Why It's So ImportantWashing your hands well and often is the best way to keep from getting sick. Here's how to teach this all-important habit to your kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hand-washing.html/1751c1fa-461c-4b39-9003-a19c00f8549d
Respiratory Syncytial VirusRespiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a major cause of respiratory illness in young children. Learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of this contagious infection.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/rsv.html/c2c86da2-f08c-4d9a-b6c2-22d4d117778a
Word! VirusViruses are a type of germ. They're very tiny, and when they get inside your body, they can make you sick.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/word-virus.html/3c662dbc-2271-434a-b974-3701aec2e97d
Your Immune SystemThe immune system keeps you healthy. How does it work? Find out in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/immune.html/6b9fad76-c866-450e-81d9-1e625343744f