DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Beds at Dayton Children’s Hospital are at capacity.
That’s because most of the patients are there because of what’s known as the rhinovirus and another bug that doctors are not yet ready to identify.
According to infectious disease expert Dr. Sherman Alter of Dayton Children’s, youngsters are being admitted to the hospital wheezing and coughing, needing oxygen – as if they have asthma and the kids with asthma look worse.
Doctors see these same symptoms in winter months, not August or September.
Last month, Dayton Children’s treated 215 cases of the Rhinovirus, more than double the same time last year.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Rhinovirus is a major cause of the common cold and can trigger asthma attacks and sinus and ear infections.
Doctors say if you see signs of a cold and rapid breathing and wheezing, get medical attention right away.
Keep your child’s hands clean, consistent hand washing to fighting viruses is key. Plus, teach them to sneeze into an arm, not a hand and get rid of tissues immediately after nose blowing.
Pediatric hospitals in Cincinnati and Columbus are reporting similar statistics.