Treat­ing your child’s stom­ach flu at home

Living and Loving - - BABY & TODDLER -

En­sure your lit­tle one takes in enough flu­ids so she doesn’t be­come de­hy­drated. Dr Ed­in­burg rec­om­mends only giv­ing your lit­tle one clear flu­ids as fruit juices and milk can worsen her symp­toms. “You can also make your own home-made oral re­hy­dra­tion so­lu­tion. Mix six level tea­spoons of sugar and half a tea­spoon of salt with one litre of clean drink­ing or boiled wa­ter. Let the so­lu­tion cool down be­fore giv­ing it to your child.”

If your child is un­able to keep any flu­ids in, try sy­ring­ing 2 to 5ml of the fluid in un­til larger vol­umes can be tol­er­ated, Dr Ed­in­burg ad­vises. “If your child con­tin­ues to refuse flu­ids or vom­its, call your doc­tor im­me­di­ately.”

While you can of­fer your lit­tle one plain foods like ba­nanas, rice, ap­ple sauce and toast to keep up her strength, oral re­hy­dra­tion should al­ways be the pri­or­ity when a child has stom­ach flu. It’s vi­tal to re­place the im­por­tant elec­trolytes (salts, sug­ars and min­er­als) your child’s body loses when she is de­hy­drated. Avoid foods that are spicy, fried and fatty, or have a lot of acid as they can make your lit­tle one’s stom­ach prob­lems worse.

It’s best to wait un­til your child can tol­er­ate flu­ids be­fore in­tro­duc­ing food.

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