Gio's first ER trip...
Everyone down with the never ending stomach flu....
Yep, the last week has been HELL!
I'm pretty sure, my husband and I deserve our parent "wings" this week. I mean seriously, there is nothing worse than the stomach flu. Seeing your 11 and 26 month old throwing up nonstop, all the while your bent over a bucket yourself. It's horrible!
We ended up having to talk Giovanni back to the Dr because he was STILL throwing up. After a probiatic and another med, he seems to finally better. Of course Dominic is still throwing up. He starts the same round of meds today, so hopefully the end is in sight.
It's been a crazy week to say the least, but we've learned a few things.
Our keys to survival:
1. Sense of humor. - Seriously, if you can't laugh at the fact that your toddler just threw up all over your bedspread then preceded to slip and fall into it, crashing into the newly bathed baby dressed in fresh clean clothes, then you probably aren't going to make it through.
2. Be Prepared.- Lay down towels and have a bucket ready. And let's not forget the obvious, Lysol. You're going to need it. Just go ahead and buy another can or two..
3. Anti-Nauseous medicine.- If your child is throwing up nonstop for a while, call your doctor and ask about anti-nauseous meds. It works wonders on their little tummies, and your sanity.
4. Push the fluids. Food isn't essential right away, fluids are. Kids can dehydrate so fast. Even small sips every 10 minutes help. And if your child hasn't had a wet diaper in 8-12 hours, call the doctor right away.
5. When in doubt, wait it out. Just because they haven't thrown up in a couple of hours doesn't mean you should load them up with food. Unless of course, you wanted to get thrown up on or clean up diarrhea all over the place. Ease into food. Start off with very light food. Breads, puffs, then work up to more substantial nutrients. Pedilite pops are wonderful.
I'm no expert, but I did sleep in a Holiday Inn once. ;-) Ha ha. No, seriously, these are just a few tips that I wish I would have known sooner. And they work for adults too. Because lets face it, us moms aren't immune, and will most likely get it ourselves.