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Tips for Dealing With Your Toddler’s Stomach Flu

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Sorry for the lack of posts but we’ve been holed up dealing with the stomach flu. The Tiny Dancer has had a rough few days. It’s really hard dealing with stomach flu as an adult but I can’t believe my poor baby has to deal with this. What makes it harder is that she can’t fully communicate what she feels so it’s a bit of a guessing game sometimes. Fortunately, she’s recovering but we’re taking it slow and steady as far as introducing food.

Here are some tips that I found helpful in dealing with my Tiny Dancer’s stomach flu and I hope they help you.

Clear An Area
The little one was very lethargic and the first day or two we weren’t sure if she’d be able to keep down what she was eating or drinking so I designated an area for her to recuperate. Since we don’t have a leather couch (mental note: if you have kids a leather couch is necessary) I covered the couch with towels and had a vessel near her at all times.

Stay Close
Since the Tiny Dancer is too young to say, “hey mom, I’m going to vomit” I had to keep a very close watch. I can read her well so I could see it coming but the keyword is “see.” You – or someone – has to keep an eye on them at all times at least for the first few days.

Stock Up
Sitting in a car can make your child even more nauseous – even if it’s just for a trip to the doctor so stock up on what you need. Kids need to follow a special diet when recovering from the stomach flu so try to get everything you need in one stop – and hopefully while someone else is home watching the little one.

Pedialyte Apple Flavor and Ice Pops
I have tried generics and many flavors and the only one my Tiny Dancer will drink is the apple flavored one as it’s very close to apple juice. Pedialyte also sells ice pops (they look like otter pops) and these are easier to give to cranky kids – who doesn’t like an ice pop? Just be sure to look for them on the shelf – not in the freezer section.

Clean Up Immediately
Not that you would let puke sit around, but the sooner you clean it up, the more likely you are to get rid of odors and stains. I’ve been doing a few loads of laundry a day:( Have the carpet cleaners, fabric cleaners, disinfectants and deodorizers handy.

And don’t forget – wash your hands! It’s bad enough for the little one to have the stomach flu – we don’t need mama getting it too because who’s going to take care of you?

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