Stomach Flu Keeps Taking A Toll On Metro Families

For a second week, the Stomach Flu is hitting kids hard in the metro. Dr. Mindy Lacey, UNMC Physicians Family & Medicine Clinic in Midtown says the main symptoms are vomiting and diarrhea. Dr. Lacey says keeping kids hydrated in important - but to wait two hours before offering liquids. After that time give kids who have been vomiting small amounts of liquid. Pedialyte, one tablespoon - every 10 minutes for the first hour is also recommended. After that, increase the amount. Parents should not give children over-the-counter anti-diarrhea or upset stomach medicine or Pepto-Bismol.

Dr. Mel Roca in Council Bluffs is also seeing kids with the Stomach Flu. He says say it can usually be treated at home. Dr. Roca agrees staying hydrated is the key. He recommends small sips of clear soup, clear soda or fruit juice mixed with water can keep adults and children hydrated. Toddlers and infants can benefit from Pedialyte. Dr. Roca says symptoms usually improve in 12 to 24 hours. In the meantime, he recommends bland foods like bananas, toast or applesauce the first 24 hours. Avoid sugary foods like ice cream, pudding or jello - those will only make things worse. fried foods and dairy for three days *and* anti-diarrhea medication.
he says if they are vomiting, have a fever as high as 102, loose stools more than 3-times in 24 hours, bloody stools and tiredness, see the doctor.

Dr. Robert Beer in West Omaha is seeing winter allergy sufferers. As the air gets drier and furnaces are turned , dust and animal danders increase. Indoor mold, Christmas tress and seasonal fragrances are also triggers. Symptoms are runny-stuffy nose, watery-itchy eyes, and sneezing - without a fever. Treatment begins with over-the-counter antihistamines. Drinking plenty of water and humidifiers help, too. Avoid decongestant and nasal sprays and being around smoke.

Dr. Steve Sindelar with Children's Physicians says Strep Throat is making a comeback in Bellevue - especially with older grade-school kids and teens. Symptoms include a sore throat, headache, stomach and body aches - some kids get a low fever. It typically does not trigger any major upper respiratory symptoms.
If a child has Strep, your doctor will prescribe antibiotics. Kids should stay at home from school for 24 hours after the start of treatment. They can return when the fever is gone.

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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