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A 24-year-old member asked:

I breastfeed my 9 month old and i have severe diarreha and nausea, what can i take to get rid of this stomach flu?

3 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Anurag Anand
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Ideally - nothing: Usually acute gastroenteritis presenting as diarrhea and nausea is of viral etiology and resolves by itself over 48-72 hrs. Antibiotics do not help- you should however maintain hydration, especially as you are breast feeding- you can eat bananas, soft rice- these are binding. Yogurt is also good- avoid fruit juices in diarrhea as the high sugar content can make the diarrhea worse.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Stomach flu: Start with clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip often to prevent dehydration. Work up to solids with bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest. Because most cases of infectious gastroenteritis are viral, antibiotics are not effective.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Wash hands: Agree with Dr. Fowler: Wash your hands frequently to avoid transmitting infection to others.
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Last updated Jan 5, 2019

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