Ugh, a Stomach Bug! 6 Common Tummy Trouble Mistakes

You Allow a Cup of Juice or Milk

Wrong Move Your child is keeping down liquids, so you give him a sippy cup of juice or milk.

Better Bet Avoid sugary liquids like fruit juice, which can aggravate your child's stomach symptoms. If he asks to drink something other than water, try an electrolyte drink such as Gatorade or Propel. Milk may be okay, but start with small amounts and see if his diarrhea gets worse after he drinks it. About 20 percent of the time, a stomach virus causes temporary lactose intolerance, which leads to abdominal pain, bloating, and cramping, according to Dr. Singla. If that happens with your child, switch to lactose-free milk until his stool returns to normal. You can also try feeding him probiotics or yogurt with live and active cultures, which will help restore the good bacteria in the intestines. It's fine to nurse, since breast milk contains antibodies and nutrients that help the tummy heal.

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