There is no cure for the stomach flu. don\’t help, because itвs caused by viruses, not bacteria. For the most part, you just have to wait it out. In the meantime, there are some things you can do to make yourself more comfortable and prevent complications. Drink more. It\’s important to increase fluid intake when you are vomiting or have diarrhea. Adults should aim to get one cup of fluid every hour. Children need 1 ounce of fluid every 30 to 60 minutes. Drink slowly, since too much at once could worsen vomiting. If your child tends to gulp, give her a frozen popsicle instead. Drink wisely. When you have diarrhea, drinking more water may not be enough. You\’re losing important minerals and
that water can\’t supply. Instead, ask your doctor about giving your sick child an oral rehydration solution such as CeraLyte, Infalyte, and generic brands. (If your baby is still nursing or using formula, keep feeding him as usual. ) Adults can use oral rehydration solutions or diluted juices, diluted sports drinks, clear broth, or decaffeinated tea. Sugary, carbonated, caffeinated, or drinks can make diarrhea worse, so be sure to dilute sugary beverages if you drink them. Don\’t eat only bland foods. The old advice was to stick with a for a few days and then to add in bland foods, such as the of bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast. That\’s fine for the first day or so of stomach flu. However, doctors say that you should return to your normal diet as soon as you feel up to it. BRAT foods aren\’t bad. They just don\’t provide the fat and protein that you need.
Sticking with them too long could actually slow your recovery. Get the right. Look for foods with (such as potatoes, bananas, and fruit juices), salt (such as pretzels and ), and yogurt with active bacterial cultures. Even a little fat could help, because it slows down digestion and may reduce diarrhea. If you feel up to it, add a pat of butter or some lean meat to your next meal. Use over-the-counter. They\’re not necessary, but some people find relief in medications for diarrhea and vomiting. Just use them with care, and read and follow the label instructions. Never give a medication for diarrhea or vomiting to a child unless a pediatrician says that you should. Rest. Give your body time to recover. The viruses that cause gastroenteritis come from contact with an infected person\’s stool. You may get it if a person with the virus didn\’t wash his hands after using the bathroom and then touched the escalator at the mall — the same escalator you touched before eating lunch. Stomach flu viruses are tough, too. Some can live on surfaces such as counters for months. It\’s important to take steps to protect yourself and your family. Here\’s some advice. According to experts, this is still the best way to stop a stomach virus. One review of studies found that good hand-washing technique cut the rate of diarrhea by 40%. Make sure to use soap and water and do it thoroughly — for as long as it takes to recite the alphabet. Always after using the bathroom, before eating, and after changing a diaper.
Use hand sanitizer. If you\’re not near a sink to wash your hands, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Be aware that hand sanitizer may not be as effective as hand washing at preventing the stomach flu. Wipe down surfaces. If a family member has the stomach flu, wash off high-traffic areas — such as the bathroom, door knobs, phones, and TV remotes — with a diluted bleach solution. If it\’s possible, keep healthy people out of the bathroom the sick person is using. Make sure your kids get their. for can protect children from some types of stomach flu. Kids usually get the vaccines before they are age 2. Are there different types of flu viruses? Researchers divide flu viruses into three general categories: types A, B, and C. All three types can mutate, or change into new strains, and type A influenza mutates often, yielding new strains of the virus every few years. This means that you can never develop a permanent immunity to influenza. Even if you develop antibodies against a flu virus one year, those antibodies are unlikely to protect you against a new strain of the flu virus the next year. Type A mutations are responsible for major flu epidemics every few years and for the major pandemics that can occur, though rarely. Type B is less common and generally results in milder cases of flu. However, major flu epidemics can occur with type B every three to five years. Type C causes infection but does not cause typical flu symptoms. Both influenza A and B have been linked to the development of, a potentially fatal complication that usually affects children and under age 18.
Widespread outbreaks of have occurred with influenza type B and also with chickenpox, but other viruses have been implicated. The risk of Reye\’s syndrome is increased when taking, soВ anyone under ageВ 18 should not take aspirin if they have any viral symptoms or are recovering from the flu or any other virus. Most influenza viruses that infect humans seem to originate in parts of Asia, where close contact between livestock and people creates a hospitable environment for mutation and transmission of viruses. Swine, or pigs, can catch both avian (meaning from birds, such as poultry) and human forms of a virus and act as hosts for these different viral strains to meet and mutate into new forms. The swine then transmit the new form of the virus to people in the same way in which people infect each other — by transmitting viruses through droplets in the air that people breathe in. For in-depth information, see WebMD\’s What is avian or bird flu? , or avian influenza, is an infectious disease of birds caused by type A strains of the influenza virus. Bird flu epidemics have occurred worldwide. Bird flu is a leading contender to be the next pandemic flu bug because it has caused an unprecedented epidemic in poultry and wild birds across Asia and Eastern Europe. Still, no one knows for sure whether this will cause the next human flu pandemic. For in-depth information, see WebMD\’s. В 2018 WebMD, LLC. All rights reserved.