Conditions + Treatments

Treatments for Poliomyelitis in Children

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Contact the Division of Infectious Diseases

There's no cure for children who become infected with polio. The only thing you can do is to help improve your child's comfort and recovery.

Supportive treatment may include:

  • acetaminophen for fever or pain
  • plenty of rest (until fever is reduced)
  • adequate diet
  • minimal exertion and exercise
  • hot packs or heating pads (for muscle pain)
  • hospitalization (may be required for those individuals who develop paralytic poliomyelitis)
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