How To Survive The Stomach Flu

by How To Mommy on 12.30.11

Unfortunately, our family was struck with the stomach flu this week.

It started with Little Miss R and within 24 hours, we all had it.

It was a particularly viscous strand of bug.  I actually asked my husband to kill me on more than one occasion.

Perhaps I have a flair for drama, or perhaps it was really that bad.

If you’re in a similar situation, it may be wise to ask help from a clinical assistant.

After 12 hours of not being able to hold anything down, I did what anyone would do…I called my mom.  Based on her advice {and my research}, here’s my list of what you can do to survive the flu!

How To Survive the Stomach Flu

  • The most important thing you can do when you have the flu is to stay hydrated
    • Children and adults can drink sports beverages such as Gatorade, but these should not be used for children. Instead, use the electrolyte and fluid replacement solutions or freezer pops available in food and drug stores.

    • Drink small amounts of fluid (2-4 oz.) every 30-60 minutes, rather than trying to force large amounts at one time, which can cause vomiting. Use a teaspoon or syringe for an infant or small child {or a really big adult baby}.
    • Breast milk or formula can be continued along with extra fluids. You do NOT need to switch to a soy formula.
  • If you’re having trouble keeping fluids down, try peach juice.
    • This is my mom’s special secret and it may have saved my life yesterday.  Buy canned peaches in heavy syrup.
    • Wait until you’ve not been sick for 30-60 minutes, and drink 1 T. of the juice.
    • Wait 15-30 minutes, and if you can keep it down, drink another T. of the peach juice.

  • Once you’re able to tolerate fluids, keep your food choices bland by sticking with the BRAT diet.
    • BRAT= Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, or Toast. Plain crackers are fine too. Try one item and give it a little time to see how their system handles it. If it comes right back up or out, it’s too soon to go solid.

  • Help prevent the spreading of germs in your home
    • WASH YOUR HANDS immediately after coming in contact with the sick person and before you touch any food or drink items {perhaps had my husband done this he and my other daughter could’ve avoided the flu all together!}
    • Between hand washings, keep a good quality hand sanitizer handy.  This is the one I got from the hospital and it’s awesome!

    • Lysol your door handles, remotes, telephones, toys and anything else the sick person came in contact with

    • Clorox wipe (or bleach) your kitchen and bathrooms to ensure the germs get killed

    • Wash any clothes, bedding or towels used by the sick person

I hope this helps you and your family to be on your way to feeling better soon!

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ronni December 30, 2011 at 8:54 PM

My mom always tells me to use rice.

It apparently also works if you’re having the sickness come out the *other* end, if you know what I mean.

I always forget that I don’t have to suffer, that there are things to do. But obviously my mind isn’t working straight, and I just want to lie on the nice, cold floor.

Hope you guys are feeling better!

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2 How To Mommy December 30, 2011 at 9:17 PM

Thanks Ronni! The rice is a good idea!

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3 melissa December 30, 2011 at 11:57 PM

I feel like I am getting the stomach flu now-bleh- thanks for the tips!

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4 How To Mommy December 31, 2011 at 7:38 AM

I hope not! 🙁

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5 Heleen K December 31, 2011 at 12:00 AM

I have never tried the peach juice method! I’ll keep that in mind next time.
– from the New Years blog hop

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6 How To Mommy December 31, 2011 at 7:37 AM

Thanks for following!

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7 whiskybaker December 31, 2011 at 8:08 PM

oh boo! Hope you’re all feeling better – and thanks for the tips.

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