A.M. asks from Flower Mound, TX on March 13, 2007
My daughter has the stomach flu that is going around (vomiting, diarrhea, etc..) any suggestions on how to make this time a little more tolerable? I am willing to try anything at this point! She's pretty much throwing everything up.
So What Happened?™
Thanks everyone for all your responses! She's gotten over the vomitting, but now she's got the dreaded diarrhea. Just thought I'd share this, I went to my local Wal-Mart and spoke with the pharmacist who recommended giving her 1/2 teaspoon of Kids Imodium AD every 6hrs. She said that would not hurt her in anyway and might help control the diarrhea. So far it seems to have worked, she hasn't had any since early this morning. Thought I might pass this info on. Obviously the virus still has to leave her system, but anything that might help minimize the bowel movements seems like a good thing to me.
R. answers from Dallas on March 14, 2007
This advice won't help your child but it will help you if you happen to contract the virus. There is nothing more miserable than being sick yourself and having to care for a sick infant at the same time!
I'm suprised no one has mentioned this one. This is only for adults and children old enough to take Pepto-Bismol (I think age 12 and up but check the directions to make sure; adhere to warnings on the back as well; don't take acetometiphin drugs while taking Pepto-Bismol ect...).
Have them take 1/2 to 1/4 dose of Pepto-Bismol ever hour until vomiting subsides. Adults can take a full dose each time.
The virus lives in the stomach lining. The Pepto coats the stomach lining and "suffocates" the virus. Essentially cutting off its access to nutrients.
Both my doctor and my DH's doctor told us to use pepto whenever a stomach virus crops up.
It will turn poop an ugly green color, but that means it's working.
Every time my DH or I get a bout of stomach virus we take pepto. It usually stops vomiting in it's tracks so we rarely have to take more than a couple of doses.
N.R. answers from Dallas on March 14, 2007
My son has also had the virus since Thursday. He just can't seem to shake it. I've had to be more lenient on him being able to play video games and watch more tv because that's all he has energy to do.
B.C. answers from Dallas on March 13, 2007
My 15 mth old daughter had the same thing last week. It lasted about 4-5 days. It was so miserable for me and her!! Everyone recommended the B.R.A.T. Diet (Bananas,Rice,Applesauce,Toast) Which worked out very well once she was able to hold down anything. Try avoiding all dairy and if your child is like mine, she can't stand pedialyte. Try gatorade, its the same thing and less expensive. Try giving a teaspoon every 15 min or so until she's able to tolerate more.Deydration is the main key you need to watch for!! (Less frequent pp diapers, less tears, etc.)Good luck. I was there just last week and this is our 2nd time already this winter! It's very scary and stressful for you both, but hang in there and it will pass pretty fast. If you need anything, just let me know!!
S.C. answers from Dallas on March 13, 2007
Give her a tablespoon of water or electrolytes several times an hour so she does not get dehydrated. My little girl liked to play in the tub when she was sick with this. Playing in the water distracted her from feeling bad. Wash your hands like crazy so that you don't get it, too!
A.G. answers from Dallas on March 14, 2007
I have 3 teens...and have had lots of experience with tummy aches, flu, and others...my dr. provided me with a surefire aid for these happenings....first...the illness will have to run it's course...sooo here's what to do...provide the B.R.A.T diet.....Bananas, Rice, Apples/Applesauce, Toast....these things are easy on the stomach..and provide all the natural electrolytes we need to recoup. in addition...push the fluids as much as possible...
hope this helps some....
R.L. answers from Dallas on March 13, 2007
I have also responded to a mom whose child had a rotavirus and won't take anything. Try switching temporarily to soy based milk once she is able to keep something down. We were told by our pediatrician that the child temporarily develops lactose intolerance until the virus is completely gone. Also, try the BRAT diet.
It must have been hard for you and your daughter. Hope she gets well really soon!
J.W. answers from Dallas on March 14, 2007
both of my girls are just getting over this - what helped us was doing about 2 tsps. of fluid every 5 minutes as long as she kept it down (if we let her drink to much she would throw up again) - after 4 hours of keeping it down we would give her a little more at a time and some crackers - later we tried a little chicken and rice soup - eventually she kept everything down - the trick for us was just not giving her too much at a time even when she told us she was still thursty - you just have to wait it out - my little girl threw up for a day and a half before we got it under control (it started saturday morning for us and we are still having some diarrhea diapers, but no more fever and she is acting like herself again) - i'm not a doctor or a nurse (we did spend quite a few days at their office though), but this is what we were told and what helped us - good luck - hope your little one feels better soon!
J.S. answers from Dallas on March 14, 2007
When my daughter was having the same symptoms. My NP advised us to use pedialyte popsicles (to avoid dehydration) and to give fluids in 15 min increments, without allowing her to have more that a few ounces at a time. It seemed to help us.