Stomach Flu - Colusa,CA

Updated on May 10, 2010
G.G. asks from Colusa, CA
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My 2 year old son came down with the stomach flu about 5 days ago. Today is the first day with no vomiting and diarrhea so I'm wondering if I can give him milk and other dairy products?

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Thank you all for your wonderful suggestions! Sorry it took me so long to get back. I am new to this website and don't normally like to spend too much time on computer. Anyway, I did not give my son any milk products and stuck with the BRAT diet until about a week or so after the initial symptoms of stomach flu. Thanks again! I think I will definitely keep posting questions and responding to others on this site. I need all the support I can get! It's been tough for me and my husband and our son just turned 2 and he's the only one! Take care.

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answers from Sacramento on

When my son has had stomach bugs, my doctor recommended lactaid products until he was completely well. The lactose in dairy is hard to digest when you're tummy's upset. Usually, by the time I've used up a 1/2 gallon of lactaid, he's well again. Hope he gets better soon!

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answers from New York on

i mean if you have to try. the child i still recovering from it all. i would suggest soups rather than milk or dairy products although plain yoghurt (the greek kind) is the best if he/she will go for it.
good luck

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answers from Bakersfield on

My pediatrician has a website with the following recommendations:

For Older Children (over 1 Year Old) Offer Small Amounts of Clear Fluids For 8 Hours:

* Water or ice chips are best for vomiting in older children. (Reason: Water is directly absorbed across the stomach wall)
* EXCEPTION: also has diarrhea. ORS (oral rehydration solution, such as pedialyte): Vomiting with watery diarrhea needs ORS. If refuses ORS, use ½ strength Gatorade.
* Give small amounts: 2-3 teaspoons (10-15 ml) every 5 minutes.
* Other options: ½ strength flat lemon-lime soda, popsicles or ORS frozen pops.
* After 4 hours without vomiting, increase the amount.
* After 8 hours without vomiting, add solids:
o Limit solids to bland foods for 24 hours.
o Start with saltine crackers, white bread, cereals, rice, mashed potatoes, etc.
o Normal diet OK in 24-48 hours.

This was taken directly from my pediatrician's website, which they have referred me to in other cases. As in all cases, though, if you have a question, you should ask your child's doctor. I made the mistake of trying to offer food too soon to my son after he threw up, and he threw up again. After he threw up the second time, I went to our pediatrician's website, and discovered that I had been a little overzealous in trying to get him to eat and drink. Good luck.



answers from Redding on

Poor little guy.
Since today is the first and only day so far without vomitting, etc, I wouldn't chance the dairy products just yet, but that's just me. If his symptoms return, you won't know if he truly isn't over the tummy part of the bug or if it's the dairy. I would wait at least another day.
My little boy loved his milk so it was hard not giving it to him, but the main thing is to make sure they are getting plenty of clear fluids to avoid dehydration.

I really hope he'll be feeling better soon.
And, I'd like to add that I just love the town of Colusa.

Take care!



answers from Gainesville on

Yogurt would be the only dairy I tried at this point. It will help replenish the good in his system. Stick with the BRAT diet along with the yogurt. The tummy bug that has been going around recently is particularly nasty and the system seems to stay upset even after the symptoms are gone. Introducing "real" food again too soon starts the vomiting up again. At least that has been the case for my niece and friend's children.



answers from Denver on

Try it slowly. Some kids/people are bothered by dairy and some are fine with it. Hope he feels better soon!



answers from Atlanta on

Hi G.,

Avoid milk until he is completely well. The BRAT diet is good for him now.

Hope he feels better soon!




answers from Sacramento on

I would ease back into regular food. Probably no milk for a day or two. Use the BRAT diet (Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast). It is hard not to give your kids food when they say they are hungry but you don't want the vomiting to start again. I would also try small amounts of yogurt to get his digestive system back to normal with all the good bacterias.


answers from San Francisco on

My son's NP told us no dairy 24 hours after he last vomited.



answers from Columbus on

I would do BRAT first, with only clear liquids and if he can keep that down, then move on to adding a milk product, but go slow. We had one that was so in love with milk, and everytime she had one of these it was so hard on her, we always ended up giving in too soon on the milk, and it came right back up...hope he is better soon.


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