Reports of illness and croup in Louisville

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Do you blame the recent swing of temperatures on your kids illnesses?

Pediatrician Dr. Melissa Hancock in Valley Station says that it is actually close contact and not enough hand washing that is causing colds to spread: not the weather.

Illness has been spreading rapidly in the Louisville area with reports of runny noses, sore throats, coughing, congestion, and fever.

Dr. Hancock states that it is important to drink plenty of fluids, get plenty of rest, cover your mouth when you cough, and wash your hands after coughing or blowing your nose.

Also, if your child has a fever, it is important to keep them home from school and at least 24 hours after the fever resolves without help from medication.

The croup is another illness that has been spreading and has been reported in Shelbyville. Dr. Meredith Kehrer says the cough sounds like a bark, along with fever, hoarse voice and wheezing.

Dr. Kehrer says a humidifier will help open airways, also plenty of fluids and propping the head. For infants with the croup, a car seat will help. If your child shows signs of respiratory distress, call 911 immediately. A doctor should be seen if symptoms last over 3 days or if an infant is less than 3 months.

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