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Gastroenteritis
The stomach bug has hit the community. To protect your family please wash hands frequently especially before meals. Use the information below as a reference tool for children having vomiting and diarrhea.

Vomiting &/or Diarrhea
1. Do not give medications such as Donnagel, Peptobismol, Lomotil, Paragoric, ect. to infants.

2. Phenergan should not be given to children under 2 years of age.

3. If vomiting has occurred, keep stomach empty for at least 1-2 hours from the last episode.

4. Begin to give small amounts of clear liquids, such as pedialyte. Gatorade, 10K, powerade (cut in half with water) or the like may also be used in older children. Start with one sip every 10 minutes, increase amount slowly as tollerated. Carbonated beverages such as coke, sprite, ect. and water should not be used as they do not replace the body’s chemicals.

5. Frozen liquids of the above may be used as an icy. One cube of the fronzen liquid every 20 to 30 minutes. Pediapops can be purchased (one-fourth pop) every 20-30 minutes.

6. After six hours of holding down liquids, small amounts of formula may be used and crackers, toast, or cereal (baby or cooked) started in small amounts. (1-2 tablespoons each hour). Continue to offer liquids besides formula.

7. The next day, starchy foods, such as potatoes, noodles, cereals, breads, and crackers may be started in moderate amounts.
DO NOT ALLOW THE CHILD TO OVERLOAD THE STOMACH AS VOMITTING WILL START ALL OVER AGAIN.

8. If DIARRHEA follows, the same diet is used. Medications are not needed, and may be harmful.

9. Avoid juices, fruit, candy, and all high sugar foods they will increase loose bowels. All vegetables, except potatoes should be avoided until movements are firm.

10. Diarrhea may last up to 3 weeks in a young child. If the vomiting has not stopped after several hours, CALL FOR ADVICE. IF BLOOD OR PUS is noted in the stool or fever is persistent, or over 102, CALL FOR ADVICE.

11. If there is not vomiting, and just loose stool, the same procedure is used, but fluids may be given in larger quanities.

Summer Time Tips

Sunscreen
Babies under 6 months: Avoid sun exposure and dress infants in lightweight long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and brimmed hats. However, when adequate clothing and shade are available, apply a minimal amount of sunscreen with at least 15 SPF to small areas such as face and the back of the hands.

Older Children
Best line of defense is covering up. Wear hats, sunglasses, and cotton clothing. Avoid peak hours of exposure – between 10 a.m. And 4 p.m. Always wear SPF 15 or greater. Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours or after swimming or sweating.

Info provided by AAP.org

Bug Safety
Do not use scented soaps, perfumes, or hairsprays on your child. Avoid bright clothing or flower prints when outdoors. Avoid areas where bugs are know to congregate such as stagnant water, uncovered foods, or gardens. The current CDC and AAP recommendation for children over 2 months of age is to use 30 percent DEET. In the even that a child is stung by an insect, use a credit card and gently scrape the stinger horizontally.

Info provided by AAP.org

Bicycle, Skateboard, Scooter, & Skating Safety
Always utilize a helmet when participating in these activities. The brain is the most delicate and essential part of the body. Pleas protect it! A helmet should be worn level on the head, not tipping forwards or backwards.