Pink Eye and Strep Throat are Making the Rounds


IN TONIGHT’S FAMILY HEALTH — A NEW CALL TO “DO MORE” TO MAKE SURE CHILDREN ARE SAFE IN OUR CARS… SAFE IN THEIR “BOOSTER SEATS”. RESEARCHERS FROM -MICHIGAN- LOOKED AT DATA FROM MORE THAN -FOUR- THOUSAND- “CAR SEAT INSPECTIONS” — AND FOUND THAT JUST -ELEVEN- PERCENT- OF THOSE INSPECTIONS INCLUDED CHILDREN AGES -FOUR- TO – SEVEN- WHO WERE USING “BOOSTER SEATS”. NEARLY -A- THIRD- OF THOSE CHILDREN WHO DID HAVE THEIR BOOSTER SEAT INSPECTED — LEFT IN A SAFER RESTRAINT THAN WHEN THEY ARRIVED. NOW FOR A CHECK OF “WHAT’S GOING AROUND” — HERE’S SERESE COLE. PINK EYE IS COMMON THIS TIME OF YEAR AND IT’S GOING AROUND THIS WEEK. DR. ROBERT BEER IN WEST OMAHA TELLS ME IT’S CAUSED BY EITHER ALLERGIES OR INFECTIONS. IF BOTH EYES ARE RED AND THE DISCHARGE IS THIN AND CLEAR – IT’S LIKELY DUE TO ALLERGIES. BUT IF THERE IS REDNESS AND THICK, CLOUDY DISCHARGE IN JUST ONE EYE – IT’S MORE LIKELY TO BE AN INFECTION – ESPECIALLY IF COLD SYMPTOMS AND FEVER ARE PRESENT. FOR ALLERGY- TRIGGERED PINK EYE, – DR. BEER RECOMMENDS OVER-THE- COUNTER EYE DROPS LIKE VISINE A-C AND ORAL ANTIHISTAMINES SUCH AS CLARITIN OR BENADRYL. BUT IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST – YOU SHOULD SEE YOUR DOCTOR. IF THE PINK EYE IS CAUSED BY INFECTIONS – IT IS CONTAGIOUS. SO TRY NOT TO RUB THE EYES, AVOID CLOSE CONTACT WITH OTHERS AND WASH HANDS OFTEN. PINK EYE SUFFERERS ARE USUALLY CONSIDERED NO LONGER CONTAGIOUS 24 HOURS AFTER STARTING PRESCRIBED DROPS. IN BELLEVUE – DR. STEVEN SINDELAR IS REPORTING CASES OF STREP THROAT. HE’S SEEING CHILDREN WITH HEADACHES, SORE THROATS AND FEVERS. IT’S TYPICALLY NOT ASSOCIATED WITH A COUGH OR RUNNY NOSE. STREP IS COMMON IN CHILDREN AGES FIVE TO 15. TO DETERMINE IF YOUR CHILD HAS IT – THEIR PHYSICIAN CAN GIVE THEM A RAPID STREP TEST – WHERE A COTTON SWAB IS USED TO WIPE THE BACK OF THEIR THROAT. STREP IS TREATED WITH ANTIBIOTICS. FOR MINOR SORE THROATS AND COLDS – TREAT SYMPTOMS USING OVER- THE-COUNTER PAIN RELIEVERS AND MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD IS DRINKING PLENTY OF FLUIDS. THAT’S WHAT’S GOING AROUD – I’M SERESE COLE.

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