There is a wicked bug going around, so I thought it was a good time to answer questions about vomiting, diarrhea, dehydrations and all that good stuff.
Q: My child has vomited five times in the last two hours. What's going on?!
A: Chances are your child has the stomach flu. Stomach flu is a general term for infections (usually viral) that cause a sudden onset of profuse vomiting and sometimes fever usually accompanied by diarrhea within 24
Summer usually brings hot weather, lots of time outdoors and sometimes kidney stones. For any adult who's ever had a kidney stone, you know the pain is intense and severe to the point that concentrating on anything is impossible. Sometimes the pain is so intense it leads to vomiting or literally writhing on the floor in pain, unable to even drag yourself to the emergency room.
Kidney stones in children are often much less intense. Instead,
Last week my newly minted high school freshman daughter began marching band camp. This camp is rigorous and starts at 8 in the morning and goes until 4 in the afternoon. The kids carry instruments, march and play, all while holding a precise posture and wearing summer clothes. So I talked to my daughter about the signs of heat exhaustion before the week began. I can't imagine how the football players, all layered in their gear while working out
I cannot think of anything more fun than showering a vomit covered, sobbing 7-year-old at 2 a.m. while his bedding is being stripped and changed. Of course it would be way more fun if while you were stripping the bed, you start vomiting, too. Bonus!
Ahh, the stomach flu. We all have had it and frankly we'll all have it again and again. Lots of different viruses cause vomiting and diarrhea and most of them are self limited and last only a few