Secondary school in Singapore reports stomach infection in children

Secondary school in Singapore reports stomach infection in children

A case of stomach infection in children has been reported in a school in Singapore, and the students were rushed to hospital...

A case of stomach infection in children has been reported in a school in Singapore.

School reports stomach infection in children

According to The Straits Times, on 11 Jan, 14 children from Northland Secondary School were rushed to hospital after they came down with stomach infection.

The school's principal told that the children were vomiting and had stomach pain.

They were taken to KK Hospital by ambulance, and staff accompanied them. Most of the affected children were lower secondary school students.

Apparently, 8 students were discharged the very same evening while 6 were admitted for further observation. 2 students are back to school. 

Principal Madam Tan told The Straits Times, "All students are recovering well and there have been no new cases reported in the school."

"As a precautionary measure, the school has closed the canteen for inspection and thorough cleaning today. The affected classrooms and toilets have also been cleaned and disinfected."

The school canteen will reopen on Monday. Authorities are investigating the cause of the infection.

Stomach infection in children

  • The biggest danger from stomach infection in children is dehydration. Due to the vomiting and diarrhoea, your child's body loses more fluids than it takes in.

Check for these warning signs of dehydration: Fever over 102 F (38.8°C), an unusually sleepy or inactive child, dry mouth and tongue, sunken eyes, cold hands and feet and not passing enough urine. These signs require an urgent visit to the doctor.

  • Take your child to the doctor if he starts vomiting green fluid (bile) or if there is blood or pus in the stool/vomit.
  • Give your child small quantities of fluids at frequent intervals. Not just any fluid will do. Water is good, but in some cases, it may not be enough. 

Drinks that do replace salt and minerals are called electrolyte solutions or oral rehydration solutions. It is available at drug stores, but if you have any concerns, it is best to consult your doctor.

  • If you are breastfeeding, keep doing so, at frequent intervals.
  • Avoid other milk, junk food and soft drinks.
  • Avoid coffee and tea as they can cause dehydration.
  • Wash hands often with warm soap and water, especially when you use the bathroom, change diapers, and before and after you handle food. 
  • Keep your child away from school, kindergarten or daycare until the vomiting has stopped completely.

(Source: The Straits Times)

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