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what to do with the stomach flu?

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Dr. Cheryl Coldwater
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Rest your stomach: When you have vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps, it helps to rest your stomach. Drink clear liquids (no milk or juice), eat plain foods in small amounts, and avoid spicy or fried foods for a few days. Do not use medications for diarrhea or vomiting unless recommended by your doctor. Call your doctor if you keep vomiting or have a high fever.
Dr. Christopher Calendine
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Nausea and Vomiting: The most important part of dealing with nausea and vomiting is avoiding dehydration. Nausea can be treated with prescription meds such as Phenergan (promethazine) or zofran. Ginger tablets can be tried as a natural remedy for nausea. High sugar drinks can make diarrhea worse. Lower sugar drinks are more quickly absorbed by body and safer.
Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
Specializes in Pediatrics
Hydration!: Keep hydrated-clear liquids that contain both calories and electrolytes are the best. (an oral electrolyte solution like pedialyte, esp. For severe cases or young children. Gatorade/powerade for mild. If vomiting-small sips-1 tsp every 10 minutes will be well tolerated. If diarrhea-consider imodium (loperamide). Watch urine output-if it decreases, call your doctor.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
GI Flu: Start with clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. Work up to solids with bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy ; high fat foods. Rest. If you are having frequent, chronic symptoms - it may not be due to viral infections. If this is the case, med eval would be prudent.
Dr. Sathish Adigopula
Pediatrics 20 years experience
Prevent dehydration: Lots of fluids, esp fluids with salts to prevent dehydration - either oral or IV if needed. Symptomatic management.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Hydrate & rest: Start w clear liquid like water, slightly flattened soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. Work up to solids w bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest.
Dr. EMILIA MATOS
General Practice 44 years experience
Diet: Gastric rest, body rest, fluids.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Stay hydrated.: Start w clear liquid like water, slightly flattened soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. Work up to solids w bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest.

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Gastroenteritis.: Start w clear liquid like water, slightly flattened soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. Work up to solids w bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest.
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More info needed: Please start again describing your symptoms and what you mean by “stomach flu”. Clarity is important to offer you a helpful answer. Best wishes

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