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Stomach bug going around making children & adults sick

Stomach bug making children & adults sick (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - As people head out for holiday shopping or family plans, it may be hard to avoid what's giving people a bad stomach bug.

Little Ethan was lucky enough to be in good health during the holiday season but his pediatrician, Dr. John Lacount, said plenty of kids were coming in with what's going around.

“Currently the most common thing we are seeing is the cough, and congestion and flu-like symptoms or respiratory things. We are also seeing some of the vomiting and diarrhea,” said Dr. Lacount.

He said some of what was to blame was people using their hands. Dr. Lacount said hand washing with soap and water reduces risk, hand sanitizers won't for these viruses.

“They work by desiccating, or getting rid of, the moisture. The viruses don’t have moisture in them and that means they don’t work,” he said.

If people need to head over the river and through the woods to grandma’s house for the holidays, it may be the one secret step to preventing illnesses from spreading around.

To help kids re-hydrate as they recover from especially the stomach virus?

“One of the things that works really well for the kids though is popsicles. They have sugar in them, they have fluid; that usually keeps the kids hydrated and keeps their electrolytes up,” said Dr. Lacount.

When asked if he suggested Pedialyte for those that are dehydrated he said the younger kids may benefit from it. Especially because in some cases the bad bug lasts up to a week.

With most people, it's about 48 hours so if people weren't getting better in three days they may need medical attention.

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