What's Going Around: Stomach bugs


Make sure you’re washing your hands thoroughly and often or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer — especially after using the bathroom or touching door handles. When you consider ‘What’s Going Around’ this week, it could save you and your family from serious symptoms.

Urgent care experts say they are seeing lots of nausea and vomiting symptoms. They say the source is viruses spread through person-to-person contact.

They point to the close quarters of school classrooms as well as common spaces where germs are passed, like public restrooms or even the grocery store where you share carts.

Dr. Mike Patrick, who is an emergency medicine expert at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, said children will often complain of having stomach pain

“Kids won’t really use the word nausea, but they’ll let you know they aren’t feeling well in the belly,” he said.

The doctor advises working to get your child to sip fluid with the goal of an ounce every hour. A bland diet can help including the ‘BRAT’ plan with a menu of Bananas, Rice, Applesauce and Toast. Avoid milk and dairy products.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention norovirus outbreaks happen all year long. Eighty percent of reported outbreaks occur from November to April.