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What's Going Around: Stomach bug

This sickness is also very contagious so health officials say to keep kids home and away from others.

March 21, 2013|Reporter: Lauren Matter, Photographer: Tony Nguyen | lmatter@kspr.com, tnguyen@kspr.com

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Spring break is over and that means your kids are back in close quarters with other kids.

And this week a very contagious illness is going around that goes hand in hand with school being back in session.

The stomach bug is sending many kids and parents to area doctor’s offices.

Here are a few symptoms to be on the look for: Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Health officials say some remedies can help and the most important thing is to try and stay hydrated.

Drink clear liquids such as water, chicken broth and Gatorade.

Health officials also say there is one thing you should stay away from if you get this sickness.

“It needs to pass through the gut,” says Cindy Hollis, a nurse practitioner with the Ozarks Community Hospital. “So don't give anti-diarrheal medicine because you don't want it to slow down. You want to get the virus out of the gut so diarrhea is a good thing.”

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This sickness is also very contagious so health officials say to keep kids home and away from others.

This helps stop the spread of the stomach bug.

If you get the stomach bug you should feel better in about 24 hours.

If you still feel sick after 24 hours, you’re advised to go see a doctor to make sure it’s not another sickness you're dealing with.

Doctors also say to make sure you aren't getting rundown.

If your body is rundown you have higher chances of getting sick.

Doctors say you should take a daily multi-vitamin, drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, and get at least 8 hours of sleep a night.

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