We’ve had some cases of diarrhoea and vomiting in our house lately, namely the kids to begin with, then Grandpa Rodney and then Ian (who eventually succumbed after a few days of believing he was immune. Poor Ian).
So after emerging on the other side (nearly, Ian is still sick), I thought I would share a little list of the things that we did or had in stock that made life a little bit easier to manage with pukey, pooey young children. I have compiled this list in video format, and you can find it just below:
If you need more information on treating children with D&V, please follow this link to a NHS Choices page which gives some incredibly sound advice on what to do.
The main things I would emphasise is to keep the kids at home (to avoid spreading those germs around) and avoid giving them anything other than water, milk or electrolyte replacement therapy (as recommended by a chemist). Carbonated drinks are to be avoided for under 5s, as they may cause more harm than good.
If you are really worried about your child and you’re unsure whether they need medical intervention, please familiarise yourselves with the ‘red flag’ symptoms (which can also be found on the aforementioned link under the heading of ‘managing sick children at home’).
I hope you haven’t succumbed to any dreaded winter vomiting bugs, but if you do, please look after yourselves and for the love of Nora, wash your hands, stay indoors and keep it to yourselves!