In recent times, gastroenteritis has been making its way through the local schools of Oak Park, causing health officials to issue a warning to parents. This stomach bug is easily recognizable by its symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, abdominal cramps, fever, headache and body aches.
Gastroenteritis can be contracted through several ways including consuming contaminated food or water, person-to-person contact, contact with contaminated surfaces and through particles in vomit that spread through the air and land on surfaces or enter a person’s mouth. The main complication of this illness is dehydration. To avoid falling ill, it is recommended to wash hands with warm water and soap, use separate personal items, keep a distance from anyone infected and disinfect hard surfaces.
If you or your child develops symptoms of gastroenteritis, it is advised to stay home and inform the school until symptoms have resolved. Health officials recommend seeking medical attention if symptoms persist for more than three days or if there are signs of severe dehydration such as dark urine or excessive thirst. By taking these precautions, we can help prevent the spread of gastroenteritis and keep ourselves and our community healthy.