Zarbee's: Spring and Summer Viral Infections and What You Can Do!


According
to Dr. Zak Zarbock, one of the nation’s leading pediatricians and
the founder of Zarbee’s, the nation’s fastest growing cough and
cold brand, spring and summer cold viruses are on the rise. The four
most common bugs to be concerned about this spring and summer are
parainfluenza,
adenovirus,
parvovirus
and the enteroviruses.

Following
is an explanation from Dr. Zarbock about each virus, along with tips
to help your family avoid them and advice for how to treat them if
you and/or your kids do get infected.

Parainfluenza
Virus

Croup
is the most common result
of an infection from a parainfluenza virus. It is commonly seen
during the winter months but extends well into the spring. It is a
respiratory illness characterized by inspiratory stridor, cough and
hoarseness. Younger children tend to have the classic barking cough
that is much worse at night, while older children and adults may
experience more hoarseness. These symptoms are the result of
swelling just below the vocal cords. Most cases of croup are fairly
mild; however significant breathing difficulty and airway obstruction
can occur.

The parainfluenza virus is
spread by droplet and airborne secretions. It typically infects the
nose or throat and spreads to the area around the vocal cords. The
most common age for croup is six months to three years, but it can
affect children as old as six years of age. Home treatment consists
of a cool mist humidifier, breathing in the cold air outside or from
a freezer, or the use of a steam shower. For moderate symptoms, the
use of a steroid may be useful to decrease inflammation around the
vocal cords. A breathing treatment with epinephrine (adrenaline) may
also be indicated for significant breathing difficulty. Traditional
over-the-counter cough medicines that have Dextromethorphan (DM) or
diphenhydramine have been proven ineffective and are not supported by
the American Academy of Pediatrics, so I don’t recommend them. A
recent Penn State University study found that the best treatment for
coughs in children suffering from an upper respiratory infection is
buckwheat honey, which is why I started Zarbee’s. Zarbee’s uses
buckwheat honey to calm coughs and sore throats gently while
drug-based medications attempt to suppress a child’s cough
unnaturally. It is also the only cough treatment on the market safe
and effective for children as young as 12 months of age.

Avoidance of this virus is
best achieved by frequent hand washing and limiting unnecessary
contact with the nose and mouth. Teaching proper hygiene and
coughing into the elbow may also help keep young children from
spreading the virus.

Adenovirus

Adenoviruses
are actually a family of viruses most prevalent in the late winter,
spring and early summer. They can cause many symptoms but are often
known for causing high fevers in children. Additionally, runny nose,
sore throat, red eyes, pneumonias, and even vomiting and diarrhea may
be seen with these viruses.

Adenovirus
is highly contagious and may be readily spread by close contact in
places like summer camps, schools, childcare centers and hospitals.
Transmission
of adenovirus
can occur via airborne secretions (i.e. coughing or sneezing), the
fecal-oral route (i.e. not washing hands after using the restroom)
and by contact with contaminated surfaces like toys, furniture and
hands. Adenoviruses can survive for long periods on environmental
surfaces; they are inactivated by heat or a bleach cleaning solution
made by mixing ¼ cup of bleach with one gallon of water. An
infected individual can shed the virus from days to months in the
stool.

There
is no way to completely prevent adenoviral infections in kids. To
reduce the risk of transmission, parents and other caregivers should
encourage frequent hand washing, keep shared surfaces such as
countertops and toys clean and remove kids with infections from group
settings until symptoms subside.

Parvovirus

Fifth
disease is caused by infection with human parvovirus B19. The
illness is characterized by a rash on the cheeks, giving the
characteristic “slapped-cheek” appearance and occurs most
commonly in children. The ill child may also have a lacy red rash on
the trunk and limbs, a low-grade fever, cold symptoms, or general
discomfort for a few days before the rash breaks out. The rash
resolves in 7 to 10 days, however, an infected individual is
contagious during the early part of the illness, before the rash even
appears. Parvovirus is typically spread by direct contact with the
respiratory secretions, e.g., saliva, sputum or nasal mucus, of
infected persons. By the time you see the “slapped cheeks,”
your child is probably no longer contagious and may return to school
or daycare.

Although
fifth disease is usually a mild illness that resolves on its own, it
may cause a serious illness in persons with sickle-cell disease,
certain chronic anemias, or in those with weakened immune systems.
Occasionally, serious complications may also develop from a
parvovirus B19 infection during pregnancy.

Treatment
of symptoms such as fever, pain, or itching is usually all that is
required for fifth disease. There is no vaccine or medicine that
prevents parvovirus B19 infection. Frequent hand washing and the
avoidance of sharing drinks or utensils are the most effective
methods to decrease the chance of becoming infected. Excluding
persons with fifth disease from summer camp, child care centers or
schools is not likely to prevent the spread of the virus, since
people are contagious before they develop the rash.

Enterovirus

Enteroviruses are another
family of viruses that include the polioviruses, coxsackieviruses,
echoviruses, and several others. These viruses are widespread and
second only to the “common cold” viruses, the rhinoviruses,
as the most common viral infections in humans. The non-polio
enteroviruses cause an estimated 10-15 million symptomatic infections
a year in the United States alone. These infections are most
commonly seen at the end of spring and moving into summer and early
fall. Conversely, the polioviruses have been eliminated from the U.S.
by the widespread use of vaccines.

Most people who are infected
with a non-polio enterovirus have no disease at all. Infected persons
who become ill usually develop mild upper respiratory symptoms (a
“summer cold”), a flu-like illness with fever and muscle
aches or a rash. Coxsackie viruses are responsible for hand, foot,
and mouth disease as well as herpangina, both of which may result in
a sore throat and sores in the mouth. Less commonly, some children
may contract viral meningitis or, rarely, a person may develop an
illness that affects the heart (myocarditis) or the brain
(encephalitis).

Like many other viruses,
enteroviruses can also be found in the respiratory secretions or the
stool of an infected person. Direct contact with contaminated
surfaces or objects, such as a drinking glass, telephone, diaper, or
a bathroom door handle may transmit infection. Because most people
who are infected with enteroviruses do not become sick, it can be
difficult to prevent the spread of the virus. Strict adherence to
proper washing and hygiene are the standard to avoid infection.
Also, cleaning contaminated surfaces with a disinfectant or a dilute
chlorine-bleach solution can be a very effective way to inactivate
the virus, especially in crowded, high-traffic settings such as
summer camps and community and child care centers.

About
Dr. Zarbock

Zak
Zarbock, M.D. is one of the country’s top pediatricians and the
Founder and President of Zarbee’s, the fastest-growing children’s
cough and cold brand in the country. As one of the nation’s leading
experts on treating coughs and colds in children, Dr. Zak was invited
to participate in the September 2010 FDA hearing on Capitol Hill and
speak about the potential dangers of cough syrup. A member of the
American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Zak completed his medical
training at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, his
pediatric internship and residency at the University of Utah and
Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City and practices
at Families First Pediatrics in South Jordan, Utah. Married and the
proud father of four boys between the ages of three and 11, Dr. Zak
is a regular guest on TV and radio shows and serves as a resource for
reporters writing stories about pediatric issues.

About
Zarbee’s

The
fastest-growing children’s cough and cold brand in the country,
Zarbee’s is the only cough syrup on the market that has been proven
safe and effective for children 12 months of age and older. Developed
by one of the country’s top pediatricians, Zarbee’s is made from
antioxidant-rich buckwheat honey, which clinical trials have shown to
be the safest and most effective treatment for relieving coughs in
children. Recommended by pediatricians nationwide, Zarbee’s Cough
Syrup is all natural and gluten free, contains no drugs, alcohol and
dyes, has no side effects and carries no risk of overdose. Zarbee’s
does not include Dextromethorphan (DM), the most common
over-the-counter treatment for coughs, which is not supported by the
American Academy of Pediatrics, has been banned for children ages 4
and younger and is being scrutinized by the FDA as ineffective and
potentially dangerous for children. Available at Walgreens, Walmart,
CVS, Rite Aid, Kmart, Kroger, Winn Dixie, Albertsons and Meijer
stores nationwide, Zarbee’s Cough Syrup sells for a suggested
retail price of $7.99 for a 4 fluid ounce bottle. For more
information, visit www.zarbees.com

Original All Natural Children’s Cough Syrup
The only cough and cold syrup on the market that is safe and effective for children 12 months of age and older
Contains antioxidant-rich blend of buckwheat honey, wildflower honey, and immune-system boosters zinc, vitamin C and natural flavors
Available in grape and cherry flavors, flavors kids describe as “yummy” and “scrumbdidilyumptious.”
Sells nationwide for a suggested retail price of $7.99 for a 4 fluid ounce bottle
Zarbee’s Nighttime Cough and Sleep Drink
Helps soothe nighttime coughs and sore throats
First product for children 2 years and older to help provide relief from coughs and sore throats and promote healthy sleep
Contains 100% granulated honey, vitamin C, zinc gluconate, melatonin, natural grape and elderberry
Comes in a powder form that mixes with soothing warm water
Safe for children two years of age and older
Sells nationwide for a suggested retail price of $8.99 for six two-ounce doses
Available at Walgreens, Walmart, CVS, Rite Aid, Kmart, Kroger, Winn Dixie, Albertsons and Meijer stores nationwide
For more information, visit www.zarbees.com also check out ZarBee’s on Facebook.

This was not a paid post and honest/original opinions were used and they are my own. Thank you to the company and/or pr agency who supplied the product for review.

1 Comment

  1. Laura Lane
    November 2, 2012 / 7:22 pm

    A way to fight back!

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