The stomach virus is back. Unlike most stomach illnesses in kids which can be quick (24-48hr duration), this virus seems to persist up to a week. Lots of stomach pain/cramps ( in some cases seem severe enough to mimic appendicitis concerns), nausea, loss of appetite, some have fever, most don’t, some vomiting, others have diarrhea. Any of these symptoms should be considered as active illness and students should be home until 24hrs without abdominal pain, vomiting or diarrhea. (Some classes have had as many as 3-4 cases of students out at a time for up to a week). Treatment unfortunately is rest, fluids and bland diet.
Strep Throat is also persisting. Stomach aches & Sore throats also go together with Strep throat. If your child ALSO has a sore throat with a stomach ache, consider having them tested for strep throat. Strep throat is a contagious illness and students can recieve antibiotics so they can return to school after 24 hours of antibiotics. If left untreated, strep can lead to rashes and other illnesses such as scarlet fever