Friday 15 September 2017

A Mums Guide - Coping with kids with a stomach bug

After the last few days of having a house full of sickly children and going through copious amounts of disinfectant, cleaning cloths and washing powder.  It seemed fitting to write about coping with kids with a stomach bug. Sometimes even though it seems simple when you have one child or five children being sick the task can seem massively over whelming from where do you start and what to do next listed are my top ten tips.

children's health coping with a stomach bug

  1.  Cleaning, Keep stocked up there is nothing worse than a child falling ill and you have nothing to clear up with, keep that cleaning cupboard full i'm talking disinfectant a cheap packet of cloths carpet cleaner a good air freshener that nutrilises smells and I always keep some disposable plastic gloves this some in handy for everything.
  2. Have a designated bowl or bowls, you don't want your child being sick into your best baking bowl so set aside a bowl or a bucket specifically for stomach bugs. 
  3. Stock up on paracetamol, most children will get a high temperature with a stomach bug I know not always will they be able to take it or keep it down if they are being sick but usually the high temperature comes before the sickness and carries on until well after your child has finished being sick it will make them feel better, help them to get some sleep and get rid of any aches and pains they might have.
  4. Drinks, The last thing you want is the whole house with a stomach bug so try and contain it if you can with little ones they like to pick up juice cups and drink from each others cups try and be really strict and only let them drink from there own cup.
  5. Bath time, this is not always possible if its the middle of the night but as soon as you can get them into a nice warm bath this will help calm them down and also it will wash away all those nast germs!
  6. Hand washing, you cant wash them enough when dealing with a sickness bug the last thing you want is to be transporting the virus round the house I also always have a good hand sanitizer which kills all the germs 
  7. Vitamins, this time of the year is a good time to give your child vitamins even the best eating kids can be lacking some key vitamins and this time of year with all the bugs flying around it is important to keep immune levels high - it isn't going to hurt to give your child a multi - vitamin a day.
  8. Rest, having a sickness bug is absolutely exhausting if your little ones need to sleep let them while they are sleeping they are healing.
  9. Re-hydration, it doesn't matter if your child isn't eating much food they will eat when they want to but it is really important to make sure they drink plenty of fluids to stop them from getting dehydrated 
  10. You should contact your Doctor or Health care profesional if
Your child is repeatedly vomiting and is unable to hold down fluids
You think they're dehydrated – symptoms of dehydration can include a dry mouth, crying without producing tears, urinating less or not wetting many nappies, and drowsiness
Their vomit is green or contains blood
They have been vomiting for more than a day or two


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