Norovirus: The Stomach Bug

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: How should you deal with norovirus and prevent the rest of your family from getting it?
Air Date: 3/7/17
Duration: 14:46
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Corinn Cross, MD
Dr. Cori Cross 2017Dr. Corinn Cross was born and raised in New Jersey. She attended Barnard College where she graduated cum laude and majored in philosophy. She went on to attend the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, NJ, where she was selected for the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Cross did her internship and residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Cross has continued to work at CHLA as a general pediatrics attending.

Dr. Cross is actively involved in her local AAP, Chapter 2, where she is an obesity champion. She is co-founder of the Fit to Play and Learn Obesity Prevention curriculum. Through a collaboration between AAP Chapter 2 and the L.A. Unified School District this curriculum is being used to educate at-risk students and their parents on the risks of obesity and to help them to lead healthier lives. Dr. Cross is an AAP Spokesperson and speaks to children throughout the L.A. school district about obesity, healthy lifestyles and the benefits of walking to school.

Dr. Cross is a member of the Executive Board for the AAP's Council on Communications and Media. She is the Editor of the Council on Communications and Media's blog.
Norovirus: The Stomach Bug
Norovirus is a contagious virus that creates gastroenteritis.

It causes fever, abdominal cramping, diarrhea and vomiting. Most folks refer to it as the stomach flu.

How can you prevent it from spreading?

Wait at least 24 hours after symptoms subside before sending your child back to school. Be sure to let the school know if your child has norovirus so they can wipe down surfaces, as it can survive on surfaces at room temperature for several days.

Norovirus lasts 24 to 72 hours, but symptoms may not appear right away.

Caring for Those Affected with Norovirus

  • Keep a box of gloves on hand. You’ll be doing lots of scrubbing. Most parents are not prepared for norovirus.
  • Give yourself some distance if you’re present while your child is vomiting. You don’t want to inhale particles and catch the virus.
  • Clean up after your child post-vomiting and/or diarrhea. Clean up your child.
  • Be sure to wash your hands with hot water and soap. Norovirus isn’t killed by antibacterial hand gel.
  • Be sure you clean up with bleach. Put everything in the dishwasher instead of washing by hand.
  • Wash the bedding and towels frequently to kill the virus. Do not share towels or bedding.
  • Limit what you have to clean by quarantining your child.

  • Treat headaches and body aches with Tylenol.
  • Alert your pediatrician if your infant contracts norovirus.
  • Hydrate. Set your child up with some water and a straw in front of the television. Avoid the sugar load of juices.
  • Sunken eyes and baggy skin are signs of dehydration. Push on your child’s fingernail. If the color doesn’t return quickly, call your pediatrician. Call the doctor if your child hasn’t urinated all day.
  • Stick with the BRAT diet when reintroducing solids: bananas, rice, applesauce and toast. The stomach will still be adjusting, so don’t force it.
Listen as Dr. Corinn Cross joins Melanie Cole, MS, to share how to deal with norovirus.
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