The Bugs of Winter Are Here


Between the jingle of the bells and the greetings of the season, you can’t miss the unmistakable gut-rumbling sounds that come to visit this time of year. The bug is going around again.

We’re seeing more illness in the metro and doctors at Boys Town Pediatrics says that while there is some flu, most of what they’re seeing is the sort of malaise that triggers vomiting and diarrhea.

Ten-year-old Kailyn Dunham was visiting her doctor Thursday and fortunately it wasn’t for bug bombs. She was just in for her yearly checkup.

But her mother Jennie knows that as a fourth-grader it's the time of year Kailyn’s friends could be bringing more germs to school. Add in the holiday gatherings with relatives and the chances of exposure increase.

Jennie said, “I am always paranoid that somebody is sick. We have a lot of family that when they are sick they do come over, and when they get there, and then you are like great - thank you for sharing."

If you do get sick, pediatrician Dr. Jill Reel says, “We encourage fluids like water, maybe some Gatorade. We would like them to have a good urine output every six to eight hours. And then when they are starting to not vomit anymore, then maybe a bland diet."

Doctors say the best way to prevent illness is good old-fashioned hand-washing with soap and water. It's something we should do all year but especially around the holidays when we are around more people who are sick with the cold and flu.

We checked with several metro school districts and so far, they are not seeing a spike in absenteeism.


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