What's Going Around - May 4, 2010

By: Stacia Naquin Email
By: Stacia Naquin Email

Last week, we touched on a nasty spring cold that was making its way around the Springs. That is still the case this week, but there are a couple of other things going around in local kids that we want to talk about first.

This comes from Dr. Steven Reich with Colorado Springs Health Partners on the southwest side town.

The two things to look out for are herpangina and hand,foot and mouth disease. These are both common, both viral and very contagious. Hand, foot and mouth is not to be confused with hoof and mouth disease, which is something you find in cattle.

In both hand,foot and mouth disease and herpangina, you’ll notice a high fever, mouth and throat sores and sometimes sores on the hands, feet and buttocks.

Dr. Reich says Tylenol and Motrin can help with the fever and pain. But the biggest challenge is keep kids hydrated. Because of the sores, kids often don’t want to eat. Dr. Reich says - as long as your child is getting fluids, they'll be fine. He says popsicles can help because of the cold and maybe even a milkshake.

And still look out for that 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.

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