What's Going Around - April 27, 2010

By: Stacia Naquin Email
By: Stacia Naquin Email

If your family or office is anything like ours. We share and and share alike and that includes germs. Our newsroom has seen a lot of people out with a stomach bug and we're not the only ones affected.

That's according to Dr. Steven Reich. He's with Colorado Springs Health Partners on the southwest side town. Dr. Reich says this bug has been running through entire families.

Here's what the symptoms look like mostly vomiting and nausea. But some folks are presenting with just diarrhea. You could also see abdominal pain.

Here's what he recommends: stomach rest if you've been vomiting, followed by clear liquids in small, frequent feedings. No solids until you've tolerated liquids for several hours. For kids, Dr. Reich usually recommends taking them off mild and keeping them on a bland, low-fat diet for a few days, especially if they've had diarrhea.

If you think your child is getting dehydrated, it's time to see the doctor. Also going around right now a nasty spring cold.

Dr. Reich says it starts with an extremely runny nose, sneezing and a sore throat. Then a cough starts after a couple of days. These symptoms can last for ten days. He suggests you humidify the air and keep your nose as clean as possible. For kids under 4, Dr. Reich doesn't recommend over-the-counter cold meds.

If your child has persistent fever for more than a couple or three days, ear pain or a red throat, talk to your doctor.

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