Both your body overall and your stomach and intestinal tract in particular need rest. If you are actively vomiting, doctors suggest that you begin your rest period immediately, taking in nothing including water for four hours. You may rinse your mouth to rid it of any foul tastes, but do not drink water for this period if you can avoid it.
You should drink fluids slowly in frequent, small amounts. Drinking too much too fast can worsen nausea.Give a child an oral rehydration solution. Call your health care provider for age-appropriate dosing specifics.
Vomiting in an adult or a child age 2 or older lasts more than 1 day or a fever or severe diarrhea (large amounts of loose stool every 1 to 2 hours) lasts more than 2 days. A child under age 2 has vomiting or diarrhea for more than 12 hours or has a fever with vomiting and diarrhea. Vomit or diarrhea turns bloody or tarry. The person has kidney, liver, or heart disease and must restrict fluid intake.
When nausea is gone add foods slowly, starting with a bland diet,Gatorade, Ginger Ale, broth, toast,yogurt,bananas,applesauce. Eat small amounts at a little at a time. Allowing your digestive tract time to rest.
Wash your hands with soap and water. This is the best method of preventing the transmission of a stomach virus. It is often so easy and obvious that it is overlooked. Hands should especially be cleaned before eating, after using the restroom, after using any public facility or service such as a pay phone. If you cannot wash your hands immediately, use a very small amount of hand sanitizer. Limit your use of hand sanitizers as germs can become immune to them. Everyday activities, such as handling money, can transmit the spread of stomach flu, so you need to be careful about keeping your hands clean.
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