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Advice for parent of college age student with Mono Oct 19, 2018 (4 responses below)
Advice or suggestions for a 4yr old diagnosed with Mononucleosis May 31, 2017 (2 responses below)
  • Does anyone have any advice for a parent whose kid has mononucleosis?  My daughter, who is in her 3rd year at an out of state university, just found out she has mono. She had been feeling extremely tired and was having a tough time, although she wasn't sure if it was due to having, on top of regular classes, 30 hours per week of clinical observation for her major (athletic training).  She is freaking out because, although the doctor said she could continue taking classes and clinical observation, the program director wants to drop her from the clinical rotations.  She is also worried she might have to repeat classes because her grades had slipped when the demands of the clinical hours affected her study time especially when she had started feeling so low energy from being sick.  She's already on the "5-year college track" because didn't decide on her major her first year and then applied to the 3-year program in her second year of college.  I am curious to know if anyone else has had a son or daughter that has had this happen and how they/you managed it.  Did they come home, take a semester off, end up graduating late, etc. 

    If that were my daughter, I would be OK with her taking a semester off. Graduating from college is not a race, there really is no "late" unless the student is failing classes due to something like partying. There are many reasons students don't graduate in exactly 8 semesters. For health reasons can she withdraw and get at least some refund? Then go on medical leave for next semester.

    I'm so sorry to hear this - sounds very difficult for her. I had a friend/classmate in college who came down with mono our sophomore year. Quite difficult for her as she was also far out of state from her family and doing some demanding extra-hours work for her major. I recall that she was diagnosed in November after being sick for awhile, missed a bunch of classes, stayed on campus maybe 2-3 weeks after the diagnosis, then went home early in December to recover. She came back a week or two late to campus for the new semester. All in all, it was probably 6-8 weeks at home to rest, though because of the holiday break, it wasn't all missed school time.

    It was very difficult for her, academically. Her GPA took a hit. She had incompletes in a couple classes that she had to make up in the spring, and she lost her extra hours assignments for the spring semester because "she wasn't there" when the semester started. (I mean, sure she wasn't physically there, but it's not like she just blew it off!) To this day she feels like she was colossally unsupported by the faculty of our department and the university itself. However, she was mostly caught up (if disillusioned) by the end of that spring semester, and she graduated on time.

    I can report that she got into grad school anyway, in the program she wanted, so she was clearly able to explain her semester of "poor" performance in essays and interviews. She's now fabulously successful as a designer of high-end home goods. I see her stuff in magazines sometimes. I think the moral of my friend's story is that yes, it's terrible to go through, but also temporary. This doesn't have to affect your daughter long-term. I hope others will respond with their experiences too!

    I had mono as a college freshman--it is unfortunately a pretty common issue since it spreads so easily. It was a rough semester but the only thing you can really do is to rest and try to feel better. I think I dropped a class since I had been taking the maximum allowed, but otherwise completed the semester with no issues. The tiredness does improve as the disease runs its course. It may make sense for her to pull out of some of the more intense activities on her plate if she can push them to a future semester, though (and if the clinical rotations issue is around being contagious, she may not have a choice). Hope she is feeling better soon!

  • Hello,

    I took my 4 yr old to the doctor because she just didn't seem to be recovering from a virus.  He diagnosed her with mono based on her symptoms; headache, tired, sore mouth, and general unwell feeling. He took a quick strep test which was negative. She also had conjunctivitis (red, irritated eyeball) in her left eye but he thought that was unrelated and she might have another virus too. Later in the day she broke out in hives. I called the doctor and he suggested giving her Benadryl.  Anyone else have a young child diagnosed with mono? Any advice?

    That seems like an extraordinary diagnosis for a 4 yr old without a blood test.  My son, 10, had similar symptoms including being so tired he couldn't get up.  The dr. said it wasn't "unheard of" for a 10 yr old to get mono but it was on the young side, and younger than 8 was extremely rare.  He ordered a blood test which thankfully came back negative, and also did complete blood work, which can also show indications.  I would ask for the blood work before accepting such a potentially serious diagnosis.  Good luck

    My 5yrs old had pretty much same symptoms two months ago, conjunctivitis, ear Infection, upper respiratory infection and the hives, very very tired I rushed her to the ER Dr prescribed antibiotics and drops for her eyes, Benadryl as well . Let her sleep in that would help and maintain her hydrated, try to keep her at home and avoid crowds, play dates and park. It took two weeks for my little one to recover.

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Mono and immune system help for college freshman

Feb 2009

my daughter is a freshman in college on the east coast - she is doing well in many ways but has had one cold after another and a fever on and of for the last week. a blood test at the health center today revealed that she has mono. Any advice with mono in particular and/or immune system strengthening protocol, herbs, supplements, etc...

I'm so sorry about your daughter. I don't have any advice for you about strengthening her immune system but I wanted to reassure you that freshmen with mono must be really common for some reason. My son's roommate in his freshman year at U.Arizona was out for most of one semester with mono, mostly languishing in bed in their dorm room with the lights out, and my niece in Florida spent a couple of months of her freshman year in bed with mono. I guess there are just lots of kids with lots of germs packed in together and trying to be self-sufficient for the first time. I hope your daughter gets well soon! G.

My 16 year old daughter was diagnosed with Mono 2 months ago. Many people told us to kiss her Junior Year spring semester goodbye (as she wouldn't be kissing anything else!)because she'd be so fatigued. I went online to look for immune boosting products and found two that we used. The first is MONOCLR (MONOCLR.COM) which is an Ionic Silver Throat Spray. The other is a product called GlandNurse for Mono. ( It's an herbal formula. She got on them right away and those, plus a lot of rest, early bedtimes, a good multivitamin, Dandelion tea for her liver, good diet etc. all helped her recover a lot faster than we'd imagined. Two months after her diagnosis she's not 100% as she still fatigues if she stays up late, but she's dancing 8 hours a week. I wish you and your daughter well. I think rest is one of the most essential remedies for Mono. Good luck. Been there

I had a different disease (Ross River Virus) which left me exhausted for ten months. I found acupuncture helpful - there was a significant effect after four or five sessions. I think the hardest part is dealing with the disappointment and frustration that comes from not being able to do anything. Also, when you begin to get better, the tendency is to rush off and try to do everything that you didn't get done, and burning out. Dealing with something like this is a huge life lesson - if you can look at it that way. Fiona