The Stomach Flu is still making its rounds through the Metro. Dr. Mel Roca in Council Bluffs is seeing both kids and adults - complaining about crampy, abdominal pain - along with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. The symptoms can be treated at home as long as there's no fever and bloody stools - then a doctor should be seen.
Small sips of clear soup, clear soda or fruit juice mixed with water can keep kids and adults hydrated. Pedialyte is good for toddlers and infants. Bland foods like bananas, applesauce or toast is recommended. Sugary foods like ice cream, pudding or jello is not. They will just irritate the bowel. Fried foods and dairy should be avoided for at least three days. Symptoms usually get better in 12 to 24 hours.
RSV activity also remains high in the Metro. Dr. Amy Lacroix in Midtown says the respiratory virus can be troublesome for infants and young children. Watch for cold-like symptoms that start with congestion, cough and fever. Little ones may begin wheezing or having difficulty breathing. If that's the case - contact a doctor immediately. It's also important to make sure children are getting plenty of fluids. RSV is contagious so wash hands often - and encourage older siblings to do the same.
Dr. Robert Beer in West Omaha is also seeing kids with pink eye. If both eyes are red and the discharge is thin and clear - he says it's probably a result of allergies. If the redness is just in the one eye - and there's thick, cloudy discharge- it's more likely to be an infection - especially if cold symptoms and fever are present. Pink eye due to allergies can be treated with over-the-counter eye drops and oral antihistamines like Claritin. If it's the result of an infection - they'll need to see a doctor, avoid close contact with others, wash hands frequently to reduce the chance of spreading it - and not rub their eyes. Kids are usually not contagious 24 hours after starting drops.
In Bellevue, Dr. Steve Sindelar is seeing flareups in dry skin and Eczema. He recommends frequent moisturizer- throughout the day.
Dr. Sindelar prefers ointment-based moisturizers. Even Vaseline, applied to smaller areas is beneficial. There are a number of products out there, if a child complains that their skin burns or if the dry patch becomes irritated, try a different brand. Dry areas can become infected. If the dry area doesn't improve or becomes crusty or weepy-looking - check in with a doctor.