Mononucleosis, or mono, is an infectious disease that is passed on via
saliva. Young children can acquire the infection by sharing eating utensils,
mouthing on objects, or getting a smooch from someone who has mono. Mono
is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), which is quite prevalent. If
you suspect your child might have mono or another type of infection, you
can turn to a clinic for
pediatric urgent care for an accurate diagnosis.
Symptoms in Toddlers
Typically, a person who contracts the virus will begin to develop symptoms
four to six weeks after exposure. Infants and very young children who
contract the virus may not display any symptoms at all. Or, the symptoms
may be very mild and easily mistaken for the common cold. For example,
parents might notice a skin rash, swollen glands, and fever. The toddler
might complain of a sore throat. A mono test at urgent care can determine if these
symptoms are caused by mono or a cold.
Symptoms in Older Children
Older children with mono are also likely to complain of a sore throat.
Additionally, their symptoms will typically include unusual fatigue, excessive
weakness, headache, and loss of appetite. A pediatrician will need to
palpate the spleen to determine whether it is swollen.
Complications of Mono
Mono itself is not life-threatening, although it can significantly interfere
with day-to-day routines, particularly when symptoms persist for months.
Rarely, however, complications can develop. A ruptured spleen is a medical
emergency that requires a trip to the ER. Some of the other potential
complications of mono include swollen tonsils, jaundice, and liver inflammation.
Occasionally, mono might adversely affect the heart and central nervous system.
Pediatrics After Hours, an urgent care facility near Dallas, provides a
range of diagnostic services at our on-site lab, including the mononucleosis
test. When your little one isn’t feeling well, you can trust in
our team of compassionate pediatricians to provide
comprehensive care within a comforting, child-friendly environment. For a list of our convenient
locations, visit us online or call (469) 729-4672.