Infectious Mononucleosis (Mono) - Children

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What are the risk factors for mono?

The EBV can infect any person. As previously discussed, the majority of people have become infected with the virus by the time that they reach adulthood, and the majority of these infections produce no symptoms or are not recognized as mono. Mono is most often diagnosed in adolescents and young adults, with a peak incidence at 15-17 years of age. However, it can also be seen in children. Generally, the illness is less severe in young children and may mimic the symptoms of other common childhood illnesses, which may explain why it is less commonly diagnosed or recognized in this younger age group.

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Comment from: Cindyb, 13-18 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 27

My son was 4 years old the first time he got mononucleosis; that started with a rash all over his limbs but not on his torso. The doctors took all kinds of tests and after the fourth blood test they tested him for mono and that's what it was. Last year around this time my son was very tired not eating and he had sore arms. I took him to the doctors and once again was told he had mono. He was 16, the boy lost 15lbs and was told to take it easy for 8 weeks. Now at 17, my son is eating well but would lay on the couch after he ate and sleep. Once again I took him to the doctors and had blood work done. Today at 4PM I got the call telling me the boy has mono for the third time.

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Comment from: Loving Dad, 19-24 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 17

My daughter is 20 and had a sore throat for a couple of days that all the sudden got really worse. She had lost interest in going out with friends and seemed to be sleeping, lying around more than usual. Her tonsils were so swollen they were almost touching. One side, for a lack of better words looked as though it burst, or a bite out of an apple. She had white patches all over. Now it looks as though it is split open. She got put on steroids to reduce the swelling which has helped. Also we got some olive leaf drops and she takes 60ml twice a day in a shot glass with raspberry tea. She is finally showing signs of getting better. You need to drink lots of liquids, rest and no physical activity (no sudden contact to spleen) with a mononucleosis infection. Try eating what you can so medications don't irritate stomach and take lots of vitamin C. It can go on for a few months, throat will get better but energy will take a long time to get back.

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