Recently, my family was struck with the dreaded stomach flu. That’s right. ALL of us–my husband, my 10-month-old, and I all got the stomach bug.
It all started the night after our family get-together. We decided to invite both sets of parents and my brother with his wife over for some pork kabobs. The get together was amazing(we love family time) and the food was delicious(thank God). We even went for an evening stroll after with my brother and sister-in-law. It really was a good time.
When everyone left home, my husband was just hanging out and I was trying to put the baby to bed. Some nights he has a hard time falling asleep, especially if the day was a very exciting one. I unsuccessfully tried to leave him in his pack and play(we use that instead of a crib) so he would put himself to sleep. He just kept crying and crying. I could not just leave him there crying so i brought him into the living room and we plopped on the couch together. He seemed more clingy than usual.
We were on the couch together for a bit when my adorable baby boy ejected a whole lot of milk from his mouth. This was not normal spit-up like when he was 2 months old. This was A LOT. Then it kept coming and coming. My husband and I were amused at the sheer volume of vomit that kept coming out of our baby!
Over the next few days, we learned that our baby boy caught the stomach flu and that he had passed it onto us as well. We had nausea, diarrhea, stomach pains, fever, and of course we were vomiting. It was pretty dreadful. It was even harder because we were all in need of care and rest and had to take turns caring for one another.
Here is what I did for my baby:
1. No solid food. It will just come back out one end or the other. I had chunks of banana floating in the bathtub after my baby had diarrhea during a bath. If you do end up giving the baby something solid, make it something dry like a pretzel.
2. Breastmilk. It also soothes your baby’s stomach and provides some hydration(important when baby has stomach flu). In addition, it soothes your sick baby who may have pain he cannot tell you about.
3. Pedialyte. With all the fluids being lost through vomiting and diarrhea, lots of electrolytes are lost as well. Pedialyte is a pediatrician recommended electrolyte solution that replenishes electrolytes and zinc in your baby’s body. You can buy it unflavored.
4. Water. Because hydration.
5. Infants’ Tylenol. This is what I used when my little guy had a fever in addition to all the other symptoms.
6. Rest. This one is sometimes hard with a little one who refuses naps. But do not skip baby’s regular naps. His body is fighting the bug and needs the rest.