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Stomach Flu Cases Rise As Temperatures Fall

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NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) - The stomach flu seems to show up as fall temperatures arrive, and this year is no exception.

Anthony Blevins, a nurse in the emergency room at North Hills Hospital said health workers there are seeing more stomach flu cases in both patients and staff.

Blevins had some recommendations for parents treating children at home. “Well, you want to make sure that they stay really hydrated, whether using electrolyte fluids — like Gatorade or your PediaLyte and just make sure that they don’t show any symptoms of dehydration,” he said.

Drinking water and clear fluids, like watered down juice or flat ginger ale, are good for dehydration.

Stomach flu isn’t actually a flu. It’s more of a stomach “bug” that can come from any one of a list of viruses.

Blevins said cleanliness is a good defense. “Good hygiene and good hand washing generally can keep a lot of this from getting passed on throughout the family.”

Most cases of stomach flu are treatable at home and have specific symptoms. Blevins said take notice of things, “When they stand up and they get very dizzy, or they get light-headed, or they loose their color when they stand up and a lot of times you get a lot of abdominal cramping.”

Health workers said some stomach flu cases will require a call to the doctor or visit to the ER and parents with children under a year of age should contact a physician if the child has symptoms for more than two days.

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