What's Going Around

By: Tracy Madden Email
By: Tracy Madden Email

A cold that never ends is making the rounds.

Doctor Steven Sindelar in Bellevue says when the cold symptoms and congestion last longer than two weeks, ear and sinus infections can develop.

Younger kids may be more fussy than normal and spike a fever. Older kids will tell you their ears hurt.

If they've had cold symptoms for a while, see a doctor so he or she can look inside the ear. If it's a relatively mild infection, the doctor may be reluctant to treat it right away. If it's been simmering for a while antibiotics will be prescribed.

In Midtown Omaha, Doctor Amy Lacroix says the stomach flu is going around. Most children feel fine at bedtime then wake up in the middle of the night and start vomiting.

See a doctor if your child is younger than six months. Older kids don't usually need to be seen unless there's blood in their vomit.

Slowly reintroduce fluids and solids into a child's diet. Two hours post vomiting give your child sips of water or Pedialyte. If they can keep the water down give them more to drink. Six to eight hours post vomiting try light solids like toast.

Sometimes the stomach flu changes from vomiting to diarrhea that can last a week or two. If this happens, make sure to push plenty of fluids.


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