What's Going Around

If your child has a fever and stubborn cough - they're not alone.It's going around. Dr. Mindy Lacey, with UNMC Physicians Family Medicine says the clinic has seen a number of Upper Respiratory Infections in kids 12 and under. Other symptoms are nasal congestion and a runny nose. Dr. Lacey says the cough, associated with the infection, may last beyond the typical time frame. If that happens, *don't* treat the cough with an antibiotic again, but *do* offer plenty of liquids and encourage rest. often times it will go away on its own.

Dr. Steve Sindelar in Bellevue says colds and viruses such as RSV are going around, too. So he is encouraging lots of hand washing. He also suggests considering using plastic cups for labels if you're hosting a big group this thanksgiving - so guests don't accidentally pickup the wrong cup and share germs with others.

Dr. Carey Ertz in Millard has some food preparation suggestions for Thanksgiving: Always thaw meat in the refrigerator, never on the counter top. Also remember: foods that require refrigeration should never be left at room temperature for more than two hours, keep raw foods and cooked foods separately and use separate utensils when preparing them - and never put a spoon, used to taste food, back into food without washing it. Finally, after dinner remember to put the the leftovers back in the fridge.

About the Author...
Serese Cole
Serese is no stranger to the Midwest. She was born and raised in Kansas City and after years of moving from state to state - has called Nebraska home the last decade.
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