It will happen many times while raising children; a child will get sick, miss a few days of school, and probably even need to go to the doctor. Chicken soup will be made and plenty of hugs and reassurance given. Typically, kids bounce back within a few days and life goes on, but if your child’s symptoms persist for a longer period than usual, you may begin to suspect he or she has mono. Knowing the symptoms of mono can be important so you can watch for signs of this miserable illness, and get help quickly so that your child can feel better faster.
Most of the symptoms of mono will appear similar to many other illnesses such as the common cold or flu. There will be fatigue and muscle weakness, fever, headache, and possibly also a loss of appetite. Your child will probably have swollen lymph nodes or tonsils, and may endure night sweats. A skin rash may also appear. One of the main signs will be a sore throat that doesn’t get better after a few days. In this case you should take your child to the doctor anyway, to make sure it isn’t strep throat. Another symptom of mono will be a soft and swollen spleen felt when palpating your child’s abdomen. Since most of us don’t even know where the spleen is located, this is one of the signs more likely to be detected by your child’s doctor, not at home.
The main symptom of mono is that your child doesn’t start to get better after a few days. Mono will seem to drag on and on for weeks. If you suspect your child has contracted this illness, get him or her to the doctor for confirmation. Also, remember to get your pediatrician to write a note for your child’s school officials, so that they can excuse your child’s absence for the duration of the illness. Most likely, school work will be sent for your child to complete at home, and you may want to research homeschooling to understand how to best help your child during this time. He or she needs to remain at home for the duration of the illness, to prevent spreading it to other children at school.