Gastro. Urgh! Now that’s a word that would put a shiver down the spine of any parent. The vomiting, the diarrhoea, the self imposed quarantine… it’s enough to make any parent go slightly delirious.
Now while I can’t help you with all the washing and cleaning, I can give you a few first aid tips to help your child while they are unwell.
The thing with gastro is the vomiting usually only lasts for a couple of days, however the diarrhoea can last up to 10 days. During this time, you will need to keep up with the self imposed quarantine.
Whilst your child is unwell it is important to keep up their fluids so that they don’t become too dehydrated. Offering them small amounts of fluids often can assist with this. The best types of fluids for rehydration fluids are the ones you can get at chemists or supermarkets. Fluids such as hydralyte or pedilyte are best (Gatorade is not recommended due to the high sugar content). There are even icy poles you can get so your child can slowly suck on one to get their fluids. If your child does want to eat, it’s ok, just be sensible about it. Don’t rush off and fill them with a happy meal, but maybe toast or soup would be better idea.
There are times however that even our best first aid efforts to help our kids is not enough and we need to seek help. It’s time to get your child assessed by a doctor if your child can’t keep down any fluids and is continually vomiting. Also if your child is showing signs of being quite dehydrated, such as sunken eyes, dry mouth and extreme lethargy or even not being able to be woken up.
So remember, keep up the fluids, don’t share the germ and seek help if needed.