What’s Going Around? November 13, 2014

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

Dominic Lucia, MD at McLane Children’s Hospital Emergency Department – Temple is seeing:

Teens/Young Adults:  Sports Injuries – Sprains, Strains, Concussions

What To Look For – It’s getting cooler outside and more students are heavily engaged in athletic events this time of year. We have seen more children in our emergency department with sports related injuries in recent weeks. Depending on what sport your child is involved in, parents should be aware if their child is experiencing persistent pain in their extremities They should also be on the look out for concussion symptoms that include loss of consciousness, persistent headaches, dizziness, confusion or altered mental status.

Prevention:

  • Sprains/Strains
    • Properly warm up and stretch, especially if outdoors.
    • Wear appropriate footwear for the sport.
    • Don’t ignore persistent pain in extremities or joints.
  • Concussion
    • Understand the risks of the sport.
    • Use appropriate gear and practice proper technique.
    • Make sure a qualified medical professional is present if evaluation is needed.
    • Encourage children to be honest about their symptoms.
    • Listen and follow recommendation of a qualified medical professional.

Infants/Toddlers/Pre-Teens: Viral Gastroenteritis

Signs and Symptoms – The viral season is here and a lot of younger children have been dealing with viral gastroenteritis. This virus is a combination of vomiting and diarrhea, which is sometimes preceded by a mild fever in the early stages. It’s typically acquired through poor hygiene and contact with others who have contracted the virus and more common with smaller children who have persistent contact with surfaces that may have viral particles such as saliva of fecal matter. If your child is experiencing these symptoms it is best to stay home and don’t allow your child to attend school or daycare. Normally this virus is a benign and self-limited illness that can last four to five days. Remember to plenty drink fluids and exercise good hand hygiene at all times.

Reasons To Seek Medical Care

  • Inability to tolerate oral fluids.
  • Child not urinating normally.
  • Altered mental status.
  • Persistent abdominal pain.
  • Prolonged, fast breathing.

Reminder: Avoiding Flu and Staying Germ-Free 

With upcoming holidays approaching, McLane Children’s reminds parents to get vaccinations and practice good hand-washing hygiene. Everyone six months of age or older should receive a flu vaccine, especially those at higher risk for serious complications, such as young children, pregnant women and those with chronic health conditions. Good hygiene also lessens the spread of flu. Wash hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub to help prevent spread of germs. If you have flu-like symptoms, remember to limit contact with others, and cover your mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. If severe symptoms persist, seek medical care. Evening and additional times are available to get the flu vaccine.

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What’s Going Around? November 13, 2014