Whats Going Around
Several strains of virus are going around and Strep throat is also active these days. I have not seen or heard of any confirmed FLU in the District as yet. The Following are what to look for (I name these myself):
1. Vomiting Bug (a rotovirus): This starts with a tummy ache for several hours - your child will not want to eat. Nausea and vomiting starts after that and will cause the person to vomit (and sometimes diarrhea) about every 20 minutes for 6 to 8 hours. Afterwards they are pretty exhausted and should be kept home for at least 24 hours. This is a particularly strong strain - as with all virus germs there is no prevention or cure. Try and keep them hydrated with gatorade or other electrolyte type drink then only soup afterwards. If the vomiting goes on past 8 hours, dehydration becomes a strong possibility and your doctor should be notified.
2. Fever Virus: This virus starts with a couple of days of just not feeling well, no other symptoms then suddenly their temperature will spike to very high numbers (102- 105). Tylenol or Motrin should be given if the fever goes above 103 a tepid bath is needed to bring the fever down. The fever will go on for several days. Again, a virus has no "cure" but lots of fluids, rest and fever reducers will help.
3. Strep Throat: A large number of Strep throats are happening. Any throat pain that goes on more than 24 hours needs to be cultured and treated. Strep will leave the throat and go to other organs or the joints - it is very serious and needs to be treated.