Acute gastroenteritis sounds nasty and it is. This virus is hitting kids in the Briargate area. That's according to Dr. Michael Halenkamp with Colorado Springs Health Partners.
He says the main symptoms of this virus are vomiting and diarrhea. But that can lead to more complications like dehydration. You also could see a fever in your child. Dr. Halenkamp says a virus like this can cause diarrhea for up to two weeks.
This is a virus, so antibiotics won't work. In fact, there is no immediate cure. So you'll want to know how to treat the symptoms.
Dr. Halenkamp says you want to prevent dehydration, so lots of fluids are necessary. Water is important, but so are calories. So give your child table food as well... Starchy foods are digested best. Dr. Halenkamp says there is no effective, safe drug for diarrhea. So extra fluids and diet therapy work best.
And don't forget -- diarrhea is very contagious. So wash your hands frequently to protect everyone in the family.
KKTV firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKTV 11 News.
If you believe that any of the comments on our site are inappropriate or offensive, please tell us by clicking “Report Abuse” and answering the questions that follow. We will review any reported comments promptly.powered by Disqus