Tag Archive: stomach flu

  1. Viruses and Fever

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    THE COMMON COLD

    This is probably the most reported illness in children, and can be linked to viruses and fever. Even babies can catch a cold.

    The most common virus is the rhinovirus, as it is transmitted through touch and the air. Typical symptoms are congestion, coughing, a runny nose, itchy and watery eyes and a scratchy throat. If your child develops a fever, it is nothing out of the ordinary, since children are more susceptible to running a fever with a virus than adults are. However, it is still important to keep an eye on your child’s temperature during this time. Should it climb to above 102 or last for more than three days, go to the doctor’s office. Always check with your doctor before administering any medication, and ensure your child receives rest and plenty of fluids.

    THE FLU

    The flu is almost as common as the common cold, but it can be far more tricky to treat and can become dangerous for children. The spread of flu is often caused by the virus itself being so adaptive. What might have worked last year might not work this year.

    If your child has the flu, fever will be present (again, a temperature of a 102 or greater requires you to bring your child to their pediatrician). Additional symptoms include chills or feeling overly tired and achy.

    STOMACH FLU

    The stomach flu attacks the intestinal tract directly and can cause painful swelling of those sensitive organs and tissues. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain are often the first symptoms. If your child is listless, and complaining of a tummy ache, please do not hesitate to bring them in for an evaluation. The biggest threat with stomach flu is dehydration, so plenty of rest and fluids are essential for treatment.

    If you feel your child may have the common cold, the regular flu or the stomach flu, call us today.

  2. Stomach Flu

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    Although the name can be quite misleading, stomach flu is actually unrelated to the regular flu virus. Stomach flu affects the intestines, whereas the flu virus attacks the respiratory system. This disease is extremely contagious, spreading easily from one infected person to the next.

    ILLNESS PROGRESSION

    When the virus enters the body, it travels to the small intestine and begins its incubation there. The disease stays dormant for 1 to 2 days as it incubates. During this period, the virus multiplies until it reaches sufficient numbers to properly infect the body. This incubation period is a large part of why the virus spreads so easily, because while it is incubating, it is still contagious and can be spread to other people. It is not uncommon for an entire family to come down with the disease after one family member contracts it.

    Children are at particular risk for contracting the virus due to common lack of hygiene. For example, touching an object that has been contaminated with the virus, and then putting that hand near the mouth is typical.

    SYMPTOMS

    Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain are common symptoms of the stomach virus.

    DIAGNOSIS

    While symptoms that include diarrhea and vomiting usually point quite clearly towards stomach flu, a doctor will sometimes decide that a more accurate diagnosis is necessary. In that case, it will be necessary to take a stool sample to determine the exact virus that has infected your child.

    TREATMENT

    Proper medical treatment is a must, since children are at high risk of dehydration due to the vomiting and diarrhea. However, there are some immediate measures that you can take while still at home. The first is to prevent your child from eating anything before you bring him/her to see the doctor. You should also ensure that your child drinks plenty of water, as the main danger from stomach flu is the high rate of loss of bodily fluids, especially in more severe cases.

    If your child is exhibiting symptoms of the stomach virus, call us today.

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