Health 101: Rotavirus & Stomach Flu

What Medications Are Safe for Stomach Flu?

Other than using acetaminophen or ibuprofen to treat a child's fever, medications are usually not recommended for treating viral stomach flu (antibiotics may help treat bacteria-triggered cases, but these are much less common in babies and young children).

In fact, most doctors will tell you to avoid using over-the-counter anti-diarrheal medications (like Imodium). These drugs work by slowing down the digestive system, which may actually make it harder for your child to fight off a stomach bug. Children should not receive tummy soothers like Pepto-Bismol either. The drug contains aspirin-like ingredients that may cause Reye's syndrome, a very rare but potentially fatal disease, in children and teenagers.

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