By Jen Wilson
We have had a horrid case of gastroenteritis—commonly called the stomach flu—raging through our house this week. It’s been awful. It started with my 10-month-old son, then it hit my husband and me on the same day, and now my four-year-old daughter has it. I’m hoping it stops there, with my 10-year-old being the only one to avoid it. I thought I’d share with you the things that have been getting us through the week. The Gastroenteritis Gear, if you will.
1. A Designated Barf Bucket
We’ve been using an old ice cream bucket, but if we’d been better prepared, I would have had a bucket with a spout on it, to avoid, uh, mishaps. We’ve kept one beside the sick child, and one beside the toilet, for when it is unfortunately needed there.
2. A Thermometer
A low-grade fever commonly accompanies the vomiting and diarrhea.
3. Children’s Fever Reducer
If your child has a fever, and is able to keep anything at all down, a children’s fever reducer will help to take away his fever and any aches and pains he may be experiencing.
4. Hand Sanitizer
If I had the foresight of what this week would bring, I would have picked up some hand sanitizer. I’m not really a fan of it, as the smell gives me an instant headache, but it might have kept the virus from being spread. There has been a lot of hand-washing going on, but I’m sure the hand sanitizer would have been an extra help.
5. Diaper Rash Cream
Even though we changed my son’s diapers quickly after his diarrhea episodes, he still developed a bit of a rash from the acidic poops. This would also work for an older child who has been suffering too many toilet episodes.
6. A Hydrating Drink
If your child is “lucky” enough to be limited to diarrhea only, or when she is able to keep fluids down, a hydrating drink (such as Pedialyte) will help keep her hydrated, as well as help replenish the vitamins and minerals she is losing.
Besides the above-mentioned items, blankets, pillows, books, and movies have been getting us through.
Have you been hit with the stomach flu recently? What has gotten you through it?
Jen Wilson is a married mother of three super-awesome children—two girls and a boy—who range in age from 0-10. She enjoys photography, organizing, reading, TV, and sarcasm. She drinks her coffee black and dreams of one day owning a dishwasher. You can also find her on her blog, Hey Mrs. Wilson, where she has been writing about life in Saskatchewan since 2004.