INDIANAPOLIS – A family in Indiana is warning others after a virus that started with mild stomach pain left a 3-year-old boy in hospital.
Colton Roth has now spent more than a week at Peyton Manning Children's Hospital in St. Vincent, Indianapolis, recovering from an adenoviral infection.
His parents want to share his story with the hope of spreading awareness about the virus that can affect anyone ̵
"People who are more susceptible to serious illness with this would be people with a compromised immune system or major heart disease or respiratory disease," says Riley Director of Infections Prevention Adam Karch.
This happened to 3-year-old Colton Roth.
'Colton showed no sign. He had no fever. He did not flinch, there was a real nohi sleeping beside him; which is abnormal and then rapid breathing takes over, "said Colton's mother Kim Roth.
Colton's parents say he went to the hospital last Tuesday and the virus turned to pneumonia.
The Roth family says it is it's important to keep an eye out for signs in your children. "
" If your child is acting impossible; whether they show signs or not immediately, "Kim said.
"The most common symptoms would be very similar to your common cold or common flu, where you will get fever, sore throat, runny nose, congestion. (Adenovirus) can lead to a more severe form of this if get pneumonia, bronchitis, "Karcz said.
No treatment or vaccination for the virus.
"Treatment for this is basically supportive, so the signs and symptoms you see with adenovirus will usually be treated by your doctor," Karch said.
The best way to avoid this is to wash your hands and to cover sick people's mouth.
"Standing apart from sick people. If you are sick, stay home," Karch said.
Colton is still out of the woods, but his parents hope he will recover soon and return to normal.
"Keep praying that we continue to see the positivity and Colton will come out of this and get him home soon," Kim said.
Learn more about the common virus on the CDC website.