The stomach flu seems to be spiking in Central Indiana kids, leading to warnings for parents with sick kids.
A few kids every day are being seen at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital for the stomach flu. In most cases, hospital stays are because of dehydration.
Linda Eskew’s 15-year-old son, Josh, spent 72 hours in the hospital. He was dehydrated and has been unable to kick the bug.
“We’re frustrated right now,” Eskew said.
The stomach flu can be caused by several strains of virus. Symptoms are mostly vomiting and diarrhea, with fever sometimes present as well. It is not the same as the traditional flu, or influenza, so if you got your flu shot that won’t help.
“We’re seeing a fair amount of kids over the past month or so,” said Dr. David Zipes of Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital.
Zipes said parents should watch for kids who are listless and won’t get up to eat, or display odd behavior. Also, keep an eye out for kids who aren’t urinating for eight or more hours, or who have dry lips and mouth. Those signs could mean dehydration and you should see a doctor.
Still, Zipes said in most cases, kids just need time and home, plus plenty of fluids, to recover.
Eskew is pushing herbal remedies with her son, since other methods haven’t helped him kick the stomach flu. He’s been out of school for a week and Eskew is hoping schools and daycares will keep in mind extra hygiene practices to help cut down on the spike.