Battling the dreaded stomach “bug”March 2, 2016
Disclosure: I have been compensated by Pedialyte for this post; however, I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own.
Now that both of my daughters are in school, germs are everywhere! It seems like (at least) one of us is sick any given week! When my girls get sick, I have a number of go-to essentials that help us all get through the period of illness quickly and painlessly. One of my main must-have items when dealing with any illness, especially the dreaded stomach “bug”, is Pedialyte! This electrolyte solution combats dehydration due to exercise, illness, heat exhaustion or travel.
Did you know that Pedialyte is the #1 pediatrician-recommended oral electrolyte solution? When it comes to keeping my family hydrated, nothing compares to Pedialyte. Available in liquid, powder packs and freezer pops, Pedialyte makes it totally easy (and fun) to re-hydrate. There are so many delicious flavors, including Bubble Gum, Strawberry Lemonade and Grape. We always try to pick up a few bottles of Pedialyte whenever we’re at Walmart.
Whenever a stomach “bug” hits our house, it totally disrupts all our plans and generally makes life quite difficult. We have to cancel all our plans and stay home. We have to take it easy & rest as much as possible. Drinking Pedialyte when we’re sick is a smart move, because Pedialyte prevents mild to moderate dehydration by replacing lost fluids and electrolytes. Unlike sports drinks, soda and juice, Pedialyte is actually formulated with the ideal balance of sugar and sodium to combat dehydration due to vomiting and diarrhea in children & adults. Since the taste is great and there are so many fun flavors, my girls love to drink it, which makes giving them some Pedialyte a breeze!
Just last week, my daughter came home from school feeling a little under the weather. She didn’t really have an appetite and didn’t want to play. So we cuddled and I gave her some Pedialyte in a cup. Apparently, a stomach “bug” had been going around the classroom that week and it had made a stop at our house! Fortunately, within 24 hours, she was feeling so much better! Here are the things we did to make her feel more comfortable as she battled this stomach “bug”!
Tips for Battling a Stomach Bug
- Liquid diet: Don’t force your nauseous child to eat when he/she doesn’t have an appetite. Sipping an electrolyte solution like Pedialyte is best! Pedialyte helps restore the body’s potassium, sodium and chloride minerals, also known as electrolytes.
- Homemade soup: When the child is starting to get hungry, start with mild, bland foods. Homemade soup and toast are good ideas.
- Plenty of rest: Encourage the child to lie down and rest. Now is a great time to put on his/her favorite TV show and do some cuddling together.
Now that my daughters are exposed to germs at school every day, I think it’s so important to teach them how to practice proper hygiene to prevent the transmission of germs. These are some simple, easy steps that they can take to keep themselves healthier and keep the germs at bay!
How to Reduce Transmission of Germs
- Teach your child to wash their hands often with soap & water. Set a timer for 20 seconds in the bathroom and tell your child that he/she can’t stop washing until the timer goes off!
- Let your kids rub some hand sanitizer into their hands if you are out of the house and need to disinfect their little fingers.
- Encourage your child to sneeze into their closed elbow to prevent the transmission of germs to others.
- Discourage your child from ever sharing drinks with their friends and explain to them how germs can spread through a shared straw.
- Teach your child to always throw used tissues into the trash bin. Leaving them behind on the floor or a table for another little kid to discover can spread germs quickly.
Be sure to head to your local Walmart to find Pedialyte! Look for it in a special end-cap display in the Baby section of the store. I found the Pedialyte once I got to the Baby section- it was very easy to find!
Now, learn more about how Pedialyte can help your busy family with hydration and tell me: What are your tips for dealing with a child with a stomach “bug”? Are you also a fan of Pedialyte? #goodbyeflu #seethelyte