Viral diarrhea or a “stomach bug”?

Meds for viral diarrhea or a “stomach bug”? Not much is safe or helpful. Pepto-Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) contains aspirin (the “salicylate” ingredient), which can cause liver damage in a child with a viral infection. But the probiotics in Culturelle (10 billion CFU/day) and Florastor (250mg twice daily) may reduce the total days of the diarrheal illness if started within 48hrs.

Meningococcemia

All of us at Chapel Hill Peds are saddened to hear of the tragic death of an Orange County teen from presumed meningococcemia, and we extend our deepest sympathies to all who knew and loved this child.  Meningococcemia is a severe infection caused by a bacteria (called meningococcus) that is spread by direct contact with nose or throat secretions (sharing food or drink, kissing, etc).  Casual contacts (for example, students in the same school) are not considered to be at increased risk.  Antibiotics can prevent disease in patients who have been exposed.  The Orange County Health Department is working to identify all close contacts and will contact you if they feel your child may have been exposed.

There is a vaccine that can prevent most strains of meningococcus which we routinely give at the 11-12 year visit with a booster dose at age 16.  If your child over age 11 and has not had this vaccine, we encourage you to call our office to set up an appointment to get vaccinated.

Treating Vomiting

Given our recent ‘surge’ in vomiting illnesses, we’d like to share the following page on managing vomiting at home.  The main idea is that you have to sneak small volumes of liquid through a sick stomach.  If you make it stretch too much, watch out!  Thankfully, persistent vomiting rarely lasts more than a day.

Walk ins available on Fridays!

We asked…. You answered… We are listening!!

We are happy to announce that we will have walk in hours Monday- Friday from 7:15am- 7:50am at both office locations!!  Walk in visits are for minor illnesses with symptoms fewer than 24 hours.  Patients are seen on a first come first serve basis. 

Don’t forget we offer urgent care by appointment only in our Chapel Hill office from 5-7pm on weekdays, 8am through 12 noon on Saturday and Sunday phone hours from 11am to 2pm with appointments beginning at 12. 

Walk in from 9-10:30am; Regular open at 11am on Friday, Feb. 14th

We will have walk in urgent care clinic in our Chapel Hill office from 9am-10:30am.  Walk in visits are for minor illnesses with symptoms fewer than 24 hours.  Patients are seen on a first come first serve basis.

Due to inclement weather Chapel Hill Pediatrics and Adolescents will operate on a delayed opening.  The phones will turn on at 11am.  If you have an urgent medical question, before 11am, please call 877-514-3675 to speak with an advice nurse.  Please be aware there is a $14 charge for all calls.

If you had a prescheduled appointment between 8 am – 10:50 am this morning, our office will call you to reschedule your appointment. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Closed, February 13th

Due to inclement weather Chapel Hill Pediatrics and Adolescents is closed.  If you have an urgent medical question please call 877-514-3675 to speak with an advice nurse.  Please be aware there is a $14 charge for all calls.

Closed

Due to inclement weather Chapel Hill Pediatrics and Adolescents is closed.  If you have an urgent medical question please call 877-514-3675 to speak with an advice nurse.  Please be aware there is a $14 charge for all calls.

Hives

What are hives? Generally, hives are very itchy red rashes that are slightly raised and quickly appear over the course of 1 to 2 hours then usually disappears by 24 hours. Half the time no cause is identified, but they can be caused by viruses (colds), allergic reactions, and other more rare diseases. More info via the selfcare.net link below through our website: