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What's Going Around: Viral colds and viral gastroenteritis

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Colds and stomach bugs are going around this time of year and most of them are viral. 

A Madison pediatrician says because these illnesses are caused by viruses, you can't treat with antibiotics. Dr. Alicia Plummer offered these treatments for your child at home.

For a viral cold (cough, congestion, sore throat, fatigue, fussiness, occasional fevers), treat with fluids, and rest. Try honey if your child is over a year old and the cough disturbs their sleep. You can also use nasal saline, a suction or simply blow their nose more often. A vaporizer next to their crib or bed may help. Dr. Plummer says you may also try elevating the head of their bed if they're over nine months old.

See a doctor if they have a fever over 101 for more than two to three days (or over 100.4 if they're younger than three months), there is no improvement in seven to 10 days or you have concerns about dehydration and breathing.

Viral gastroenteritis is also going around. Your child may have vomiting or diarrhea. 

To treat, Dr Plummer says to keep them hydrated with Pedialyte or diluted juice. Avoid sugary food or drinks and consider giving your child a probiotic once or twice a day.

See a doctor with fevers, concerns about dehydration, blood in their vomit or diarrhea or if they haven't improved in seven to 10 days.

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