How to treat stomach flu in toddlers
Whether you agree or not, you tend to monitor your toddler’s bowel movements every single day. Stomach flu in toddlers in not easy manage and cause of concerns for all parents. A very important advise given by doctors to new parents is also to keep track of bowel movement for infants. You might see lot of articles discussing poop and types of it when you start searching. When your infant grows, poop still remains important concern since now your growing toddler would start experimenting on food. This is where these stomach flu remedies would come handy.
We go on lot of family vacations and we always have to be careful about water and food. Despite our planning and making sure that everything goes smoothly (and this invariably happens at the last minute) our little one suddenly falls sick (stomach infection) and the plan literally goes for a toss.
Honestly! I am usually more confident handling poop accidents at home since we have resources available but what happens when we travel? This stuff is what nightmares are made up of!
Most toddlers are still transitioning till the age of 3 and that is acceptable age for a baby to be potty trained. Every child takes his/her own time but during this transition, parents are challenged like never before.
Stomach flu symptoms children
Amidst all the turmoil of growth and development, your toddler gets a stomach flu – flu diarrhea, vomiting, fever, stomach pain, irritation and laziness. What do you do?
Stomach flu remedies
First step, relax and take several deep breaths. Stomach flu are quite common and happens with the young kids all the time so nothing much to worry about as stomach flu remedies are easy to follow. If it is serious like pooping blood than consult a doctor immediately. Even then the situation is totally curable and stomach flu remedies are available with antibiotics.
I am listing down few tips that could help you handle stomach flu easily. These are practical ideas which I wish someone would’ve told me earlier.
Stomach flu medicines
I always keep a stack of over-the-counter medicines prescribed by the doctor at home. It is a pain to keep a check on expiry but keeping all basic medicines at home comes handy. I am sure you are like me and prefer carrying all medicines while travelling.
I have always offered my son lemon water and Oral rehydration solution (ORS) if he gets bored of water. These might come handy if your toddler is fussy eater food, getting dehydrated or for any other reason to get some water and salts in his/her body. ORS helps to balance the body salts, thereby taking care of hydration, definitely during stomach flu.
Stomach flu remedies at home
Remember during stomach flu, eating right kind of food can help. Here are some things that are easily available and are best for during stomach flu
- Banana is one of the best fruits during loose motions.
- Yogurt or curd is the second best thing you could give your toddler during this time.
- Bread with butter is the also helpful during this time. Just make sure that you give your toddler a butter toast during loose stools and it will definitely help
- Soda is also a good thing. Few spoons of bottled soda are also perfect but only few spoons
- Blonde psyllium (Isabgol) is also something you could carry during your travel. It is helpful for people who had gastric issues or get a lot of acid reflux. Isabgol with curd is a life saver for toddlers and can give immediate relief from stomach flu.
Extended diaper kit
Needless the say, you should always carry basic diaper kit which includes diapers, disposable bags, wet wipes, a quick dry waterproof bed protector, powder, diaper rash cream and sanitizer. I can term my kit an extension of diaper bag since I also add over-the-counter medicines, ORS solution, vomit bags and extra pair of clothes.
Lastly, stomach infections occur due to our negligence. Small things like not washing our hands, drinking water after fruits especially melons, overeating, junk binging etc are major causes of stomach flu in toddlers. All we have to do is provide a safe environment for our toddler by keeping our surrounding clean. We need to focus on making sure that we not only have clean homes but also nearby areas.
Lastly, I would say that prepare yourself for the worse since any amount of planning doesn’t help. I am learning from my mistakes and so will you.
Enjoy motherhood since this is a beautiful experience!
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