What's Going Around

By: Tracy Madden Email
By: Tracy Madden Email

We're past Influenza season, but some children are coming down with a copy cat illness.

In Southwest Omaha, Doctor Robert Beer says the illness comes with fever, sore throat, and cough.

Most cases cause only mild to moderate illness in otherwise healthy children over the age of five. Treatment includes rest, fluids, and Tylenol or Ibuprofen.

With all the recent concern over Swine Flu, talk to a doctor if these symptoms occur. If it is Influenza, Tamiflu or another anti-viral may help.

In Papillion, Doctor Carey Ertz says allergies are taking a toll on children.

If children have dust and pet allergies: keep family pets out of a child's room, remove carpet or rugs, don't hang heavy drapes, and use special covers to seal mattresses and pillows.

For children with pollen allergies: keep windows closed during peak pollen seasons, change your child's clothes after he plays outside, and don't let older kids mow the lawn.

If children have mold allergies: keep them away from damp areas, and keep bathrooms and other mold prone areas clean.

In West Omaha, Doctor Matthew Bott says Viral Gastroenteritis is lasting longer than usual, about ten days.

This is most severe in children under the age of five. Diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting are all common.

Treat the symptoms with rest and fluids. Pedialyte is a good choice for infants. Young adults can have diluted Gatorade. Avoid high fat and greasy foods, as they can upset the stomach. See a doctor if things get worse. Hospitalization may be needed for dehydration.


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