Treating your child’s stomach flu at home
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.