Advice or suggestions for a 4yr old diagnosed with Mononucleosis


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?

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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.