Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Revenge of the Stomach Bug | Supplies to Help Keep You Prepared

As I'm sure you all know by now, the dreaded stomach bug hit our house last week, and it was probably one of the worst things ever. I was totally unprepared and want to ensure y'all are prepared -- unlike me! 

Here are some of my essentials for battling the stomach bug: 

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I have taken this for an upset stomach since I was a kid. It has a good flavor, and it really does help with the nausea. It works for children, but be sure to check with your pediatrician before giving to your little one. 

Who doesn't love Saltines when you're sick? When you can't keep anything else down, try these {taking little bites}. It will help you when you know you need to eat something, but can't really stomach much. 

Ginger Ale and Gatorade are the best for upset tummies. Ginger {whether raw, in a tea or in ginger ale} is known to stop nausea by neutralizing stomach acid and relaxing stomach muscles. Try little sips of ginger ale next time you feel the nausea coming on. {And, I think we should have purchased stock in this stuff when I was pregnant!} 

This is for after the sickness, but bleach is a must-have. Mix two cups of water and 1/4 cup of bleach and use a sponge to wipe down your surfaces -- especially the toilet, floor next to the toilet and baseboards in the bathroom. 

Alright, just being frank here: when it's coming out of both ends, you have to stop it. Imodium is the only thing that helps us in our house. I promise, you'll want to have this stuff handy in your medicine cabinet. 

Everyone knows about lemon-lime Gatorade when you're sick! Pour some over ice and take little sips through a bendy straw to help get some electrolytes and a bit of sugar back into your body after you've thrown everything up. Sometimes I need Gatorade when I'm sick before I can down a glass of water. 

Clorox wipes are just like Clorox, but I like to use these to wipe down the inside area of the toilet, around the sink and anything I may have touched before I got sick {doorknobs, monitor, light switches, remote control, etc.}. Better safe than sorry!

Cheap hand towels are awesome to have on hand when you're sick! After I throw up, I always get a cold rag and put it on the back of my neck and then my forehead to help cool me off. I like to use cheap ones that I can throw in the washing machine through a heavy cycle, and some that I don't care about tossing if they get nasty. 

*I didn't mention anything other than Saltines to eat, because when I'm sick, I can barely even look at food, much less think about eating it. Once I know I'm finished getting sick, I like to eat a small cup of chicken broth - not chicken noodle soup - chicken broth...the plain stuff. Try that next time and let me know what you think. I pray this little list helps, and I hope y'all don't have to go through what we recently did...it's the pits! 

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  1. I always have ginger ale and saltines in my house. It's my sick food. I always have Clorox wipes on hand. I keep one in my bathroom, one in my kitchen, then another one for "general" cleaning. lol.

  2. Such a great list! I'm glad that y'all are on the mend!!

  3. Coconut water is another great one. A friend brought me some when I had a stomach bug once while Tyler was deployed and both chicks, of course, were fine! She dropped off pop-tarts, capri suns and coconut water. The chicklets survived on the pop-tarts, capri suns and anything else they could forage out of the pantry for the first 24 hours while I basically stayed glued to the bathroom! Once I was finally able to leave that vicinity I lived off the coconut water :) It helps hydrate and has electrolytes!

  4. Yup on the ginger ale - and the bleach. I am glad you are all on the mend.


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