The dreaded stomach flu is the worst and I have seen reports that this year is horrible. I am hoping that it doesn’t make its way around our family. There is nothing worse than sitting on the potty with diarrhea and feeling a strong urge to throw up too. The stomach flu can easily dehydrate you if you lose too much fluids in a short amount of time. Today, I wanted to share some tips on how to survive the stomach flu.
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Stay Home From School or Work
Do stay home from school or work if you have the stomach flu. You don’t want to infect other people.
Prepare a Bucket
When our family is plagued with the stomach bug, I often reach for an old beach pail or a plastic container. It is great for laying beside the bed in case you can’t make it to the bathroom in time. It is also very useful for kids too. You can even put down a towel or even a plastic tablecloth to catch anything that doesn’t quite make it into the bucket.
Wash Your Hands Frequently
Do wash your hands frequently, for 60 seconds using soap and warm water, if you are caring for someone with the stomach flu. It won’t guarantee that you won’t get sick but it can lessen your chances. If you are sick with the stomach flu, you will want to wash your hands to get any germs off your hands before you touch anything else. This will prevent you from leaving germs around the house. Some germs that can cause the stomach flu can live on hard surfaces for long periods of time.
Disinfect As You Go
I can’t stress this enough. I realize that the last thing that you want to do when you are sick is to clean. However, if you disinfect as you go, you can prevent other’s from possibly getting sick and help reduce the chances of reinfection especially if you have a food borne illness.
Check for a Fever
Always monitor you or your children for a fever. If you or your child starts running a fever (greater than 104 in adults and 102 for children over 2 years of age), you probably should see a doctor to rule out possible food poisoning or other food borne illness. I personally like using the Kinsa Smart Thermometer. It is the worlds smartest thermometer that you plug into the headphone jack on your phone. Download and use the Kinsa app to track you or your child’s fever. Once you go to the doctor, you can simply open the app and it will allow you to accurately tell the nurse/doctor how high your fever is and when you last took over the counter medication to reduce your fever. Plus, you never have to worry about needing batteries and it is portable enough for you to take with you wherever you go.
It is very important that you or your child stays hydrated when they are sick with the stomach flu. It is best to take small sips of water or pedilayte to help avoid dehydration. If you are unable to keep anything down, allow your stomach to rest for a little while and try again. Make sure to seek medical attention if you are unable to keep fluids down after several hours to prevent dehydration.
Ease Back Into Eating
After being sick with the stomach flu, you may not feel up to eating for several hours. I personally start eating a variety of foods that are bland such as bananas, rice, soup. It is important that you return to your normal diet as quickly as possible since the BRAT diet doesn’t contain the necessary amounts of protein and fat needed.
It is important that you take the time to rest after you have had the stomach flu. The symptoms of the stomach flu can last anywhere from 1 to 3 days. You need adequate rest in order for your body to fully recover from the effects of the stomach virus so that you can get your energy back.
Prevent The Stomach Flu
I have heard that you can drink Welch’s 100% grape juice several times a day after you have been exposed to the stomach virus. I haven’t personally tried this method so I don’t know how well it works. Read about it here.
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