Great Tip for When Your Kids Have a Stomach Bug

I’m starting to feel like a battered veteran when it comes to sickness* right about now….both kiddos had a bad cold a few weeks ago (right around Christmas time), then the little one had a stomach bug on top of her nasty cold.

All seemed to be well, and we were relatively healthy for about two weeks.  Then, out of nowhere the 6-year-old was knocked down by a stomach bug.  Within about a day-and-a-half he was back to his normal bouncy self, and we were naively thinking all was well again.

Two days later, the little one is down with the stomach bug ~ AGAIN!

The reason that I’m writing this today is to share a neat tip that I learned recently.  I’ve managed to share it with several people that I know locally, and nobody else had heard of it.  The nurse from the pediatrician’s office called this “re-training the stomach”.

  • The first thing to do is to give their little belly a break.  Nothing goes into it for about 2 hours after the last time they vomited.
  • After the belly has had sufficient time to rest, give them 1 tablespoon of water (or other clear liquid) to drink.  (we like using the tiny medicine cups, and we stick with water over any other clear liquid)
  • If they can hold this down, then every 15 minutes for the next hour, repeat.

This tricks the stomach into thinking that it’s dealing with its own juices.

  • After the first hour, assuming that no more vomiting has occurred, increase the water to 2 tablespoons every 15 minutes for the next hour.
  • In the 3rd hour, do 3 tablespoons every 15 minutes.
  • In the 4th hour, 4 tablespoons every 15 minutes.

If they fall asleep during this time, don’t wake them up to continue the ritual.  Just pick up where you left off once they wake up.

If they vomit at any time during this process, start at the beginning with giving the belly a break.

Hopefully this helps!

*Please know that this comment is mostly tongue-in-cheek.  While I hate it when my kids are sick, and yes, it IS tiring, I know that there are plenty of people out there that are dealing with much more serious illnesses.  I admire you for your strength!

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