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How can I avoid the stomach flu or the stomach virus when my baby sister, younger brother, and older sister have it?

How can I avoid the stomach flu or the stomach virus when my baby sister, younger brother, and older sister have it?

Hand washing: Contact with the virus is what can assist with acquiring it. If you keep things clean, where gloves when cleaning up after your sick siblings and washing your hands regularly esp. If it is after contact with your sibs clothing, bedding or oral care products should minimize your risk if you are caring for them. Limited exposure also should decrease risk. ...Read more

Dr. David Cohen
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Stomach Flu (Definition)

Viral gastroenteritis is a viral infection of the GI tract. It can be picked up from contact with surfaces and foods that are carrying the virus. Symptoms include upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Sometimes ...Read more


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If everyone in my family has it, how do I avoid catching the stomach flu?

If everyone in my family has it, how do I avoid catching the stomach flu?

Avoid Stomach Flu: > Wash your hands before touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Wash wi warm water & soap for 20 seconds. Hand-sanitizer doesn't kill Norovirus. Use paper towel to turn off faucet & open door when exiting a public restroom. Antiseptic wipes can be used on doorknobs, keyboards & other surfaces if diluted bleach is not available. Wash dishes in dishwasher (vice hand-washing). Clean clothes which may > ...Read more

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My baby is suffering the stomach flu. What food should I give to him and what should I avoid?

My baby is suffering the stomach flu. What food should I give to him and what should I avoid?

VOMITING: How old is baby? No juice or milk. Diet depends on age. Frequent small amount of fluids like tea, 7 up or sprite, pedialyte, gatorade, jello. See your md if still sick to avoid dehydration. ...Read more

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I live in a house with fifteen other people, two have the stomach flu and more are starting to get it. What can I do to avoid it?

I live in a house with fifteen other people, two have the stomach flu and more are starting to get it. What can I do to avoid it?

Wash everything: Make sure everything you touch has been wiped off with soap and disinfected. Flu is transferred from people to people so clean- clean- clean! ...Read more

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What can I do to avoid getting the stomach flu from my girlfriend?

What can I do to avoid getting the stomach flu from my girlfriend?

You won't like this:: Don't kiss. (sorry) wash your hands well for at least 20 seconds often. Don’t touch your nose, eyes or mouth without clean hands. Don’t share the same cups, forks or spoons. Use disinfectants on solid surfaces. Bring sanitizer with you when you are out. Try to avoid contact with people who are sick. ...Read more

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Diabetes type 1 and stomach flu. Can't keep anything down. Can't miss class to go to e.R. Tips to avoid ketoacidosis?

Diabetes type 1 and stomach flu. Can't keep anything down. Can't miss class to go to e.R. Tips to avoid ketoacidosis?

Fluid and control: The main thing you can do is to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water. Make sure you are still taking your basal insulin. Adjust the dose as needed but the way to stay out of DKA is to have some Insulin on board and lots and lots of water. ...Read more

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My mom had the stomach flu and ate out of a bowl of soup. How can I avoid getting it?

My mom had the stomach flu and ate out of a bowl of soup. How can I avoid getting it?

Cleanliness: Try not to eat or drink after your mom. Washing your hands frequently throughout the day is the best defense, especially if you are helping to care for her. ...Read more

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Mom has stomach flu. I have serious phobia of vomit. I'm really scared that I might get it. What can I do to avoid it other than washing hands?

Exposure Not Avoidnc: Emetophobia refers 2 intense, irrational fear of vomit/vomiting -including seeing/smelling vomit, seeing/hearing someone else vomit, feeling nauseated, etc. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (cbt) particularly the behavioral component involving gradual exposure 2the fear- the vomit! - considered most effective treatment. See http://bit. Ly/14amero a clinical psychologist/anxiety specialist can help. ...Read more

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How does the stomach flu begin?

How does the stomach flu begin?

Usually Nausea: Stomach virus may start with vague symtoms, but vomiting and nausea are most prominent symptoms over first 24-48 hrs. These is usually followed by onset of diarrhea which is typically last symptom to resolve. Fever can be part of illness first 1-3 dys. ...Read more

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Is there a stomach flu going around?

Possibly: Depends on where you live? As we are at the start of the school year gastroenteritis cases definitely start to increase. ...Read more

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How often do normal people get the stomach flu?

How often do normal people get the stomach flu?

Often: If you are in contact with many people on a daily basis for work or school then it is not uncommon to get a "stomach flu" several times a year. The peak season for enteroviruses (stomach flu) is spring and summer. During those seasons children can get sick every month or so especially if they are in a large daycare. The viruses are spread by poor hand washing and contact with contaminated surfaces. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat stomach flu?

Run its course: As miserable as the stomach flu makes one feel, there is unfortunately no treatment for it. Hydration with clear liquids by mouth is paramount. If you are having fewer than 3 urinations per day, you might be dehydrated. Reasons to seek medical attention during a stomach flu episode are lack of urine output, inability to take clear liquids by mouth because of excessive vomiting, lightheadedness. ...Read more

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What can you do to help a stomach flu?

Gastroenteritis.: 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. ...Read more

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Can the stomach flu go away on its own?

Yes: Viral Gastroenteritis usually resolves without specific treatments. ...Read more

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How do I know if I got tha stomach flu?

How do I know if I got tha stomach flu?

Gastroenteritis: Gastroenteritis symptoms may include: diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps/pain, headaches, muscular aches ; pains as well as fever (low grade). Bloody stools are not usually associated with gastroenteritis. ...Read more

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How can I recover from the stomach flu?

How can I recover from the stomach flu?

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. ...Read more

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What can you do to treat the stomach flu?

Hydration: A viral infection of the stomach and intestines needs to run its course. The most important thing to do is to keep oneself hydrated by drinking frequent sips of clear liquids. Chicken broth, electrolyte containing sport drinks, flat ginger ale all help with hydration. Watch your urine output -- three times per day is the minimum. ...Read more

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Can we take packet soups during stomach flu.

Can we take packet soups during stomach flu.

Yes: When having the stomach flu, you should take in plenty of fluid to replace losses. Even when sick, we can still absorb fluids from our stomach and intestine, so keep pushing the fluids. If you can tolerate the soup, go ahead and drink it. ...Read more

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How to get the stomach flu out of your system?

How to get the stomach flu out of your system?

Your Immune System: Most stomach illness are caused by viruses that your body's immune system will fight off. The "out of your" system philosophy may come from advice by medical professionals not to treat diarrhea aggressivley. This recommendation is not made because the diarrhea "gets it out of your system" but rather because of side effects of some of those anti-diarrhea medicines. ...Read more

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I am recovering from a stomach flu. What to eat?

Stomach Flu: Drink water to hydrate yourself. You can also have clear soups / broths, unsweetened juices or oral rehydration solutions. You want to be gentle with your diet so that your GI track can recover. Stay away from dairy, leafy vegetables & most fruits initially. Caffeine & alcohol should be avoided as well as any dark carbonated beverages. ...Read more

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How can the norvovirus and/or stomach flu spread?

Person to Person: Most stomach virus are spread via fecal-oral route. Frequent hand washing is best prevention. ...Read more

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What foods can you eat when you have the stomach flu?

What foods can you eat when you have the stomach flu?

Stomach Flu: 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. ...Read more

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Please tell me can dogs be carriers of the stomach flu?

Please tell me can dogs be carriers of the stomach flu?

Don't know stomach: Flu viruses. Zoonoses effecting dogs that can be directly or indirectly
transmitted to humans & that involve the GI tract of one or
the other include: Salmonellosis (bacteria), Giardiasis
(intestinal protozoa), Strongyloidiasis (parasite) &
Campylobacter enteritis (bacteria). Don't know of any intestinal
flu that is transmitted between dog & human. ...Read more

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For what length of time can a person have the stomach flu?

For what length of time can a person have the stomach flu?

See below: In general the GI tract replaces its lining every 3-7 days so most cases resolve in the same period. If it lasts longer than this there is a suggestion you are reinfecting yourself. ...Read more

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Symptoms of stomach flu vs. Symptoms from eating bad food?

Symptoms of stomach flu vs. Symptoms from eating bad food?

Sometimes the same.: With either one, you can have nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, although fever is less often due to food poisoning. If more than one person ate a specific food at the same time and both developed symptoms at about the same time, that increases the likelihood that it's food poisoning. ...Read more

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Is there a good way to make the stomach flu shorter in duration?

Is there a good way to make the stomach flu shorter in duration?

You must be very: Gentle with your GI tract. 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. Some stomach virus infections have a longer duration than others. ...Read more

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I have stomach flu or just too much to eat, what to do for relief?

I have stomach flu or just too much to eat, what to do for relief?

Gastroenteritis: The symptoms of stomach flu (viral gastroenteritis) can include: nausea, vomiting, headache, watery bowel movements (not bloody), abdominal cramps and a low fever. 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, . ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

A condition in which a person has vomiting and diarrhea due to an infection with "stomach flu" viruses. It is contagious, and usually resolves without treatment except for over-the-counter Pedialyte or other ...Read more


Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more