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From The Health Office

Thursday, January 26, 2017

News from the Health Office

“Stomach flu”

Recently we have seen many cases of “stomach flu” on campus. This is not influenza; it is called gastroenteritis and is caused by a virus. The symptoms include feeling unwell along with stomach cramps, diarrhea, nausea, fever and possible vomiting. You will probably feel pretty sick for a day or two but will then get better. If you or your child develops any of these symptoms please keep him/her at HOME.

Remember you need to keep yourself or your child hydrated. Stay hydrated by taking fluids like water, juice, Gatorade, or the best thing to do is to take oral rehydration solution ORS, which contains electrolytes that you lose when throwing up or having diarrhea. Always consult your doctor because this can also be a sign of other types of infection, like from bacteria or protozoa.

Once you are able to eat try clear liquids like chicken broth and juices, then try eating bland foods like gelatin, toast, pretzels or crackers, bananas, rice or plain noodles. As your digestive system returns to normal you can gradually go back to eating what you usually do.

Stomach flu is contagious; it can spread to other people by close contact with the person who is sick or by eating food that is contaminated. It is very important to wash your hands especially before you eat and after going to the bathroom. Do not share water bottles, utensils or food.

You need to STAY HOME if you or your child develops any of the above mentioned symptoms. The student can come back to school after 24 hours of being free of symptoms: no fever (without fever reducer medication) and no nausea or diarrhea.

Dry lips, skin and headaches

We have been noticing more visits with dry lips, skin and experiencing headaches and it seems that it is a consequence of the dry, warm and cold weather we are experience now in Addis and low intake of water by some people. We are advising all students, parents and teachers to stay hydrated throughout the day at school, home and work. Apply sunscreen before sending your child to school, send a water bottle with him/her, a hat, applied moisturizing cream and lip protector/moisturizing cream like lip balm.

If you have any questions, please call us at 0911558621 or email us at nurses@icsaddis.edu.et