Ugh, a Stomach Bug! 6 Common Tummy Trouble Mistakes

You Give Her a Glass of Water After Vomiting

Wrong Move Immediately after your child throws up, she begs for a drink, so you let her chug a glass of water.

Better Bet Since her stomach is likely inflamed from vomiting, wait 15 to 30 minutes before giving her anything to drink. "Otherwise, it may come right back up," says Vipul Singla, M.D., a pediatrician at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, in Chicago. Start with a single teaspoon of water or an electrolyte drink (such as Pedialyte, which contains salt to help rehydrate the gut) every 15 minutes. If your child stops throwing up and holds down the liquid for an hour, you can increase the frequency to every ten minutes, and so on. After two to three hours, you can try ice pops, Jell-O, or applesauce, since the sweet taste may appeal to her. Don't assume she's on the mend just because she stops getting sick. With most stomach bugs, diarrhea can linger for up to a week, along with a low-grade fever (100?F to 101?F degrees), head-aches, chills, and body aches. Call your pediatrician if her symptoms don't start to subside within a day or two.

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