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A baby who had the stomach flu 6 days ago spat on my face and now I'm really worried. Can I get sick from it? He seems fine, no one else has got sick

A baby who had the stomach flu 6 days ago spat on my face and now I'm really worried. Can I get sick from it? He seems fine, no one else has got sick

Probably not: Baby stomach flu is usually from viruses and children are more susceptible. Adults are usually not affected even after exposure. Even if u get it, shd be very mild. Not much to be worried about. ...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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My 10 month old baby has stomach flu how long or days should the diahrrea last and all the sympthoms? She's in playful but don't eat 2 too much formula

My 10 month old baby has stomach flu how long or days should the diahrrea last and all the sympthoms? She's in playful but don't eat 2 too much formula

Stomach "flu": (viral) usually last 24-48 hours. Keep baby hydrated with sips of pedialyte/formula/ watered down juice. Since she's playful, symptoms should rapidly subside. Bacterial gastroenteritis' symptoms may be more severe & last longer so that medical intervention may be needed to prevent dehydration. Braty diet (banana, rice, applesauce, toast, yogurt) may help, too. ...Read more

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I have had the stomach flu for three. Its been two days since I've thrown up. I still have no appetite and am weak. How do I get more energy what eat?

 I have had the stomach flu for three. Its been two days since I've thrown up. I still have no appetite and am weak. How do I get more energy what eat?

Hydrate & Rest: If you have been on clear solids for the last three days then work up to solids with bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Hydrate well. ...Read more

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I get gas every time I eat. This has been happening since I got the stomach flu 6 months ago. I couldn't drink milk for a while also. What is this?

I get gas every time I eat. This has been happening since I got the stomach flu 6 months ago. I couldn't drink milk for a while also. What is this?

Gut bacteria: Digestion problems after a recent illness may be due to alterations of the natural bacteria in the gut. This can occur due to antibiotics taken for an infection or the infection itself. Typically the natural bacteria will repopulate over time however taking a good quality probiotic supplement may help. ...Read more

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Are you supposed to give any medicine to a child with the stomach flu?

Are you supposed to give any medicine to a child with the stomach flu?

Zofran (ondansetron) tablets to ch: Zofran (ondansetron) tablets may be prescribed to children over 2 years of age with severe vomiting. Otherwise with no vomiting and no evidence of dehydration, they only needs lots of clear liquids. ...Read more

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How would you know if your child has the stomach flu or appendicitis?

How would you know if your child has the stomach flu or appendicitis?

Sxs: Appendicitis pain can start with mild pain around the belly button. The pain worsens over time. It can become sharp with loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting & possibly a fever. The pain usually moves toward the right lower quadrant of abdomen. Bouncing or jolting will often make the pain worse. Appendicitis can have varying presentations. Go to er for severe abdominal pain. ...Read more

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How aftern can stomach flu cause in 2nd half year child my son is suffering from stomach flu almost every month can is it safe to give them e come?

How aftern can stomach flu cause in 2nd half year child my son is suffering from stomach flu almost every month can is it safe to give them e come?

Recurrent Vomiting: Infections are a common cause of vomiting in infants however the monthly pattern signals the possibility of a chronic or more serious condition such as a blockage in the digestive tract or kidney and brain disorders. Nutritional deficiency is also of concern. Because of the complex causes of recurrent vomiting, your infant should see a Pediatrician soon to provide correct diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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How would I know if my child has food poisoning vs. Stomach flu?

How would I know if my child has food poisoning vs. Stomach flu?

Very tough: Unless you know the suspected food and are able to test it, or there is an outbreak with an epidemiological analysis it may be very hard to determine the source of self-limited nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. On the other hand if your child has fever, other symptoms outside the GI tract, they probably have a viral illness, although not necessarily influenza. ...Read more

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How can you tell when a 4 year old child has the stomach flu or the dreaded appendicitis?

How can you tell when a 4 year old child has the stomach flu or the dreaded appendicitis?

You cannot: If you suspect that a 4 yr old may have appendicitis they should be examined by a doctor. If they are having abdominal pain, the abdomen is tender, they are vomiting, cannot lie still, then these are suggestive symptoms that an exam would be beneficial. ...Read more

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My two year old recently Had the stomach flu. how many days (after symptoms have stopped) can I send him to child care?

My two year old recently Had the stomach flu. how many days (after symptoms have stopped) can I send him to child care?

When he wakes up : in the morning feeling pretty well, tolerating bananas, rice, applesauce, etc., & having no liquid stool running out of his diaper, take him back to daycare. I'm sure the daycare workers follow universal precautions to attempt to prevent transmission of infectious diseases, but 2-year-olds just don't follow the same precautions. Be nice & take him back when his poop will stay in his diaper. ...Read more

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Why would it be that my child is still having liquid stool after 48 hours of stomach flu?

Why would it be that my child is still having liquid stool after 48 hours of stomach flu?

Diarrhea : Viral gastroenteritis may last up to a week, make you your child is drinking pedialyte or other electrolyte containing drinks. Slowly and gradually the stool consistency will become normal. Brat diet can be helpful. Stop all juices. If no improvement after a week better see his doctor. ...Read more

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My child had bad stomach flu and her glucose blood level was 135. Can being sick make it high? Is. 135 a concern after not eating and throwing up ?

My child had bad stomach flu and her glucose blood level was 135. Can being sick make it high? Is. 135 a concern after not eating and throwing up ?

Normal body response: When you are sick, your body secretes certain hormones in response to the stress on the body, including steroids. This will cause a rise in the blood glucose, even if the child hasn't been eating. It is totally normal and expected. She is not diabetic and nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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What to eat the day or two after having the stomach flu?

What to eat the day or two after having the stomach flu?

Simple = best: I find that simple, easy to digest material; noodles, macaroni & spaghetti without sauce, graham crackers, broths, steamed rice, apple sauce, some vegetables & boiled meats are all well tolerated by a recovering gut. Fried foods/acidic juices/milk or cheese & spicy foods will often lead to recurrent cramping or nausea if consumed too early. ...Read more

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What to eat the day after having the stomach flu if still naueous?

What to eat the day after having the stomach flu if still naueous?

Simple carbohydrates: If still nauseated, drinking fluid is more important than eating. However, if you really feel like eating stick to very simple carbs...Soda crackers, white rice, popsicles, bananas. Not teh center of a healthy diet but also don't challenge an inflamed stomach. Even inflamed tissue can absorb simple sugars so you can get some calories. If you vomit, go back to clear liquids. ...Read more

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What can I eat if I have the stomach flu?

What can I eat if I have the stomach flu?

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. ...Read more

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What are things to eat during a stomach flu?

Gastroenteritis: Start w clear liquid like water, 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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If I have the stomach flu what should I eat?

If I have the stomach flu what should I eat?

Stomach 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. ...Read more

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How can I help my baby who has a stomach flu?

How can I help my baby who has a stomach flu?

Fluids: Make sure that the child does not become dehydrated. You did not say the age, but pedialyte or gatorade, or even water, are preferable to the child not drinking. If you cannot get them to drink, they will have to be hospitalized. ...Read more

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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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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

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