Kids have been filling doctors offices across the metro - because of the Stomach Flu. For two weeks now, Dr. Mindy Lacey in Midtown is seeing a number of cases of Gastroenteritis. The most common cause is the Norovirus. The diarrhea and vomiting typically lasts 1- 3 days.The best way to prevent the Stomach Flu is avoiding contact with people who have symptoms and good hand washing. Dr. Lacey says if a child gets it - it's important to stay hydrated. Symptoms of dehydration include decrease in urination, a dry mouth and throat - and feeling dizzy when you standup up. children may also cry with no tears and be unusually sleepy or fussy.
Dr. Steve Sindelar in Bellevue is seeing children of all ages with vomiting and diarrhea. He says the loose stools seem to be more common than the vomiting. For most of the kids, the illness moves through the system fairly quickly, but for some - the diarrhea is lasting a couple of weeks. Parents should watch for dehydration and blood in the stool. Either of these should be followed by a trip to see the doctor.
Doctor Amy Lacroix in Midtown is continuing to see RSV. The respiratory virus causes cold symptoms in bigger kids, but can be more serious for infants. It starts with congestion or a runny nose, cough and fever. If your child experiences difficulty breathing - see a doctor immediately. Breathing treatments can be prescribed. The fever can be treated at home along with providing the child plenty of fluids. Fewer wet diapers are a sign they aren't staying properly hydrated. If the child seems to get better, but develops a fever late in the illness or if the symptoms worse- call your doctor - it could be the sign of another infection or pneumonia.
Dr. Robert Beer in West Omaha says parents are surprised to learn the colds they think their kids get this time of year may actually be allergies. Mold and tree pollens are a common cause of winter allergies. Symptoms include a runny, stuffy nose, sneezing, headaches, and fatigue. But unlike colds, allergies alone do not cause fever or body aches. In addition to rest, fluids and Tylenol, over-the-counter antihistamines like Benadryl or Claritin can help ease allergy symptoms. Kids with more severe or persistent symptoms should see a doctor.