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What’s Going Around? – August 4, 2014

Here is this week’s edition of our What’s Going Around segment, where we discuss common minor health issues and ailments folks are having across our patient population.

Cessley Marsellus, MD, is a pediatrician in the Waco Pediatric Clinic at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center.

We are seeing stomach virus, mosquito bites and conjunctivitis in our clinic in Waco.

Stomach virus has been seen in many children coming into the clinic. Prevention tip is primarily good hand washing, all the way around … before meals, after playing, and whenever possible. To prevent dehydration look to provide electrolyte fluids. With vomiting, the main thing is to let the child’s stomach rest from solids and offer frequent sips of liquids. Once the vomiting lessens, a child’s diet may be gradually reintroduced in small portions. Seek care from a physician if it seems like you can’t keep up with replacing how much fluid the child is losing due to vomiting or diarrhea. We also have been seeing some shigella cases, where blood in the stool and stomach cramping are indicators. If that occurs you should seek care from your primary care provider.

For protection against mosquito bites children should avoid going outdoors around dawn and dusk. Children six months and older should be protected with insect repellent that contains Deet, and spray it on clothing to help keep mosquitoes away. Treat bites with cool compresses and over the counter anti-itch products such as calamine lotion or hydrocortisone. Clean scratched areas well with warm soapy water and coat with an antibacterial ointment if needed. Contact your child’s doctor if any skin area becomes tender to touch, or increases in redness or swelling.

Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, can best be prevented by good hand washing. Warm moist compresses help  relieve the drainage and cool compresses provide comfort. The cause of pink eye may be viral or bacterial. Viral cases tend to have more watery than gooey drainage and resolve without medication. If a parent or care giver sees considerable amount of redness and gooey drainage in their child’s eye, they should contact their primary care provider. This suggests a bacterial infection and may require antibiotic drops.

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What’s Going Around? – August 4, 2014