As you may be aware, many of us in the Oak Hill community have shared a dreaded stomach bug in the last few weeks. Several students and staff (and their families) have succumbed to the very contagious germ. Thankfully, the illness was short-lived! Here are some tips to guard against (and treat) such viruses.
Viral Gastroenteritis (stomach flu)
Viral Gastroenteritis is an intestinal infection marked by watery diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea or vomiting, and sometimes fever.
The most common way to develop viral gastroenteritis — often called stomach flu —is through contact with an infected person or by ingesting contaminated food or water.
There’s no “cure” for viral gastroenteritis, just treatment of the symptoms, so prevention is key. In addition to avoiding food and water that may be contaminated, thorough and frequent hand-washings are your best defense.
• Wash your hands thoroughly.
• Use separate personal items, such as dishes, drinking glasses, utensils and toothbrushes.
• Keep your distance.
• Disinfect hard surfaces (stomach viruses can live on inanimate objects for weeks).
If you do get the infection, make sure you get plenty of rest and drink plenty of fluids. Stop eating solid foods for a few hours and ease back into eating slowly. Some good things to begin eating are bland, easy-to-digest foods, such as soda crackers, toast, gelatin, bananas, rice and chicken. Stop eating if your nausea returns. Avoid eating dairy products, and fatty or highly seasoned foods.
Stay well everyone!!
Thanks for reading,
Betsy Anderson, RN, BSN
Oak Hill Academy Nurse