The stomach bug.
Those three words send my body into straight panic mode. I do not even dare say them out loud for fear it will come true! With seven children and seventeen years of parenting under my belt, I have had plenty of experience with the subject matter. I have cleaned vomit out of a car seat, held babies over the toilet and passed out every trash can and bucket we owned. I recall one night lying on the cough, the last man standing, and thinking out loud “I think we’ve been poisoned!”. Hours later, it took me down.
While we have dealt with this many times, it is a rare occurrence for the whole house to get it. The following are tips and tricks that have worked for us many times! I am not a medical professional nor is this medical advice. Just one mama to another sharing what has worked for us. Do your own research before making decisions for your family.
- ACTIVATED CHARCOAL
Summary: “Activated charcoal’s negatively charged, porous texture helps trap toxins, preventing your body from absorbing them.” source: www.healthline.com
We start this as soon as we know we have been exposed to a virus or when one develops symptoms. There are capsule forms and powder. For the younger ones, you can mix powder with grape juice. We take twice a day for a few days. Be sure to increase fluids as well. I wouldn’t recommend giving to someone who is actively vomiting.
- THIEVES ESSENTIAL OIL
A powerful blend of Cinnamon bark, Clove, Eucalyptus, Lemon and Rosemary. It’s properties are shown to boost immune function and fight infections.
Thieves is an oil blend from Young Living that we use regularly. We dilute and apply to the bottoms of feet and down the spine. We also diffuse it aromatically more frequently during the stomach bug.
- GRAPE JUICE
Not only is it tasty, 100% grape juice can alter pH levels in your stomach and keep viruses from multiplying. We take a few ounces each day after exposure.
If you or your child has already been taken over by the bug, we have found the following helpful:
- ICE CHIPS
I offer ice chips every few hours to help keep the mouth moisturized and to test and see if the stomach has settled.
- PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL
I dilute and apply behind the ears or offer a few sniff of the oil on a cotton ball. Peppermint can be helpful with easing nausea.
Once the stomach has settled, I offer small sips of a hydrating drink. There are some good, lower sugar options available at store as alternatives to Gatorade or Powerade. I like Pedialite powder that I can dilute more.
- B.R.A.T DIET
Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast. We always ease back into foods by using the BRAT method. Small amounts of one or another.
Last but not least, time. You just have to give it time to run the course. It can be agony on a mama’s heart but with a good tool kit, patience and time, you can find the path to recovery.