Treatments for Human Parainfluenza Viruses (HPIV) in Children

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There is no cure for HPIV. Once your child is infected, the virus needs to run its course. Antibiotics are not useful. Instead, treatment is aimed at reducing the symptoms.

Traditional treatments for human parainfluenza viruses

HPIV usually cause mild symptoms that can be treated at home. Some ways to reduce the severity of the symptoms include:

  • drinking plenty of fluids such as water and juice
  • acetaminophen or ibuprofen (as instructed by your child's doctor) for fever or discomfort
  • keep your child as quiet and calm as possible to help decrease the breathing effort
  • cool mist humidifier in your child's room
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