I’ve been fortunate enough to be in my daughter’s school a lot lately teaching nutrition. Our lessons have focused on healthy eating, know your food groups, fluid consumption, sugar, eating local and how to try new foods (just to name a few topics). While I’ve been at her school, I’ve noticed lots of kids are going home with a stomach bug. I hate stomach bugs (both as a mom and as patient)!!
The GI virus or “throw-up virus” as my daughter calls it can be a real pain to deal with. Caregivers and parents always ask me lots of questions about keeping hydrated and what liquids and foods to try after the vomiting has stopped. Here are some helpful tips:
1. Once the vomiting has stopped, try sucking on ice chips (if over 2-3 yrs old).
2. Then if tolerated, try 1 teaspoon of a clear liquid (water, apple juice, tea (cold or warm), lemonade, ginger ale, seltzer water or sports drink) every 10 minutes. (Yep, you read right, every 10 minutes!!).
3. If tolerated, increase to 1 Tablespoon every 20 minutes. Keep doubling the amount every hour. (If you are experiencing diarrhea, you may want to try a beverage with some electrolytes added).
4. Once you’ve been throw-up free for 8 hours, try adding some solid food in small amounts. I’d recommend foods low in fat and low in insoluble fiber. Eliminating spicy foods is also a good idea. Some of the best foods are dry crackers, pretzels, rice, baked potato, dry toast, chicken broth, baked chicken, hard boiled eggs, yogurt, frozen pops (juice type, not the kinds with lots of fruit).
5. Continue alternating with liquids and solids until you are feeling better.