Flu and stomach problems going around Kentuckiana

Posted by Amy Kelch - email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The flu is peaking in Kentuckiana and according to doctors, it seems to be causing more stomach problems than usual.

Doctor Jill Howell Berg in Clarksville, Indiana said the flu is to blame for what is called gastroenteritis. Symptoms typically begin with vomiting that may last 24 hours or more, but kids can experience diarrhea and abdominal cramping for about a week. Howell Berg said infants and children may be at risk for dehydration if these symptoms are severe or long-lasting. Low-grade fever and headache are also possibilities.

Patients are contagious so sanitize everything they come in contact with and wash hands often. Patients should also drink lots of clear fluids. If solids are tolerated try bananas, rice, applesauce and toast.

If you notice fewer wet diapers or the stomach is severely uncomfortable see your doctor.

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