Pediatric Bocavirus Treatment & Management

Updated: Jan 16, 2019
  • Author: Nicholas John Bennett, MBBCh, PhD, MA(Cantab), FAAP; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Treatment

Medical Care

Acute respiratory illness due to bocavirus should be managed in a manner similar to most other viral respiratory infections.

  • No antiviral medication is known to affect human bocavirus, and none has been proven to be of any clinical benefit.

  • Symptomatic care is the mainstay of treatment.

  • Supplemental oxygen may be required for serious infections that lead to pneumonia.

  • Wheezing may be treated with bronchodilators. However, for wheezing episodes due to bronchiolitis in patients with respiratory syncytial virus infection, bronchodilators are of minimal benefit. The same may be true for human bocavirus; however, a therapeutic trial should probably be considered if the patient is in respiratory distress.

Acute gastroenteritis due to HBoV2 should be managed as with other viral gastrointestinal infections.

  • Replacement of fluid losses, both acute and ongoing

  • Management of any electrolyte disturbances, such as sodium or potassium