Flu/Stomach Virus: To see a doc or not see a doc? That is the question.

ImageWhen my kids get sick I seem to develop parental amnesia.  I hate to see them looking miserable and they are so unlike themselves that it only seems natural to me that I should be doing something to get them back to their normal selves.  Especially when they are vomiting, have diarrhea and seem miserable.  So I end up taking them to the Dr. where they tell me, once again, “this is a virus that needs to run it’s course.”  Oh yes! I’ve been here before, I must have gotten parental amnesia again!  So, to that end I would like to post a little information that the immediate care Doc shared with me so that the next time I’m ready to pack my miserable little children in the car to ease my worries, I will refer back to this blog and keep them tucked safely in their beds and let the virus run it’s course (of course I’ll be praying and believing for healing the entire time!).

We tend to lump a bunch of illnesses under the heading of “The Flu.”  But the definition of the flu according to both Doc and Medterms.com is: “Flu: Short for influenza. The flu is caused by viruses that infect the respiratory tract which are divided into three types, designated A, B, and C. Most people who get the flu recover completely in 1 to 2 weeks, but some people develop serious and potentially life-threatening medical complications, such as pneumonia. Much of the illness and death caused by influenza can be prevented by annual influenza vaccination.”  (I realize vaccinations are a controversial issue, this was just part of this quote from Medterms.com).

Some people refer to stomach viruses as the stomach flu but it’s not really the flu. Either way, if you or your kids have one of these here’s when you should seek medical treatment:

  1. When you or your child is having trouble breathing.
  2. When you or your child has a fever that won’t break after being given a fever reducing med.
  3. When you or your child can not keep liquids down.

When should your child return to school (or you to work if you can help it)?  Doc said to take yourself or give your child a fever reducing med through the day, let it wear off through the night and take a temp. first thing in the morning.  If there’s a fever you need to wait another 24 hours, then if it is normal you should still rest another 24 hours to fully heal.  But that the feverish time is the most contagious time so stay in if you can.  I also wait a full 24 hours after a child has vomited before sending them back to school.

I’m just a parent reporting out what I was told today in immediate care. Do you agree, disagree? Please share your thoughts.

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