Welcome to a post that I wish I knew nothing about! The stomach bug is a nasty fact of life that we all deal with. We have dealt with it THREE times this school year, so far. It always hits at the worst possible time! It spreads through the entire house like rapid fire! Add in the cleanup, the misery, all of it, it’s the worst worst worst.
We have been down this roller coaster many, many times, and it prompted me to create a stomach bug survival pack to keep in my house at all times. Like a girl scout, we have to be prepared!
Note: I’m only listing the non-perishable items that we use once the bug hits, because obviously that’s the only stuff we can really keep on hand without risk of it going bad.
Here are the necessities:
This has been my biggest stomach bug trick, ever since we got our first stomach bug when my son was 18 months old. My 6 year old still doesn’t truly get that she can’t eat food for a while (we typically hold off on solid foods for 24 hours after the last vomit) so this makes her feel like she’s eating something when it really still counts as a liquid. (Of course, factor in some time for the Jell-O to set.)
There is a little urban legend floating around the internet that grape juice fends off the stomach bug. I don’t know the science behind it, and yes, it sound crazy. But it has worked for us. Once you’ve been exposed to the stomach bug, drink 1-2 glasses a day. It has to be 100% grape juice, not grape soda or grape juice cocktail. Only give this to those who have not shown any symptoms of the stomach bug! Once they do, it’s too late.
Hydration is the name of the game when it comes to the stomach bug. We start with water, but typically we’ll move on to Gatorade if their stomach can handle it. It replaces electrolytes and we generally see them perk up a bit once they start the Gatorade. Many people use Pedialyte, but my kids have never liked it.
Love these things. You don’t have to take up freezer space unless you need to, and they’re a great way to get some hydration.
24 hours after the vomiting stops, we start the BRAT diet – bananas, rice apple sauce, toast, clear liquids. Obviously, the perishable items aren’t going to work for a survival kit, but what we do keep are the following: Saltine Crackers, chicken soup mix (Lipton,) and apple sauce.
Lysol & Clorox
Spray the crap out of your house. Some people may not like the chemicals of Lysol, but I’m sorry, this is a necessity for us. The trick with Lysol, though, is that it has to air dry, so I spray all door knobs, cabinets, faucets, light switches, etc. right before bed and let the air dry overnight. We use Clorox spray to clean the bathroom anyway, but this gets done a lot more often during the stomach bug because it’s getting a lot more action!
Do you have any stomach bug tips? Leave them in the comments below.