Spike in stomach flu sends more kids to the hospital

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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.

4 comments

  • deedee

    Geez….we all know it's not FLU, it's gastroenteritis. Well, kids aren't the only ones with this. I've had it since Saturday and I think I'd rather be dead than feel the way I do now.

  • mmac

    My son has been sick off and on for 5 weeks. He is really sick and its all the same stomach problems. He has been in and out of the hospital, had ct scans, and a ultra sound and they all say the same thing. stomach virus. He has had extreme diarrhea and some vomiting. He has even had stole samples and they still cant figure it out. His pain is awful. Does anyone have any advise or suggestions

    • Yvette

      Have him tested for celiac disease and try eliminating gluten, milk, wheat (not at the same time) he might have an allergy or be gluten intolerant

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