It has been one of those weeks. Vomit, diarrhea, dehydration, and whiny kids. The stomach flu is not a pleasant experience for anyone, but it can be especially hard when you have little kids. Sometimes it hits fast, other times it is a long and arduous battle and only the parents are on the front-lines. When you are on the front-lines and feel like you have no comrades in arms remember that parents every where are waving that sign in the air, they are signaling to you the “I have been there!” sign. When you need a little help try to remember these helpful ideas.
- Stay calm: keep things a little quiet. Put on some cartoons, lay out a few books and quiet toys.
- BRAT diet: Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast. Keep it bland and simple. If they can keep these items down then try moving up, if the puking comes back, revert to BRAT once more.
- The bucket! Keep a bucket nearby for your little ones in case they need it.
- Towels: these are easy to wash and can be laid out on the floor near their beds, the ouch, etc. If they puke here it can be easily picked up and wash. Much simpler than cleaning the rugs or floor.
- Ginger ale, flat cola, pedialyte, water. Keep them hydrated but keep it simple. Small amounts all day long. Little sips.
- lots of rest. FOR EVERYONE. As they say on airplanes, take care of yourself first. You cannot care for anyone if you aren’t well. So try to make sure to keep yourself fed, hydrated, and rested.
It might take a few days but every one will be better soon and all of you will be stronger at the end.