Whatever's going around, we have now each partaken of it....all but one of us who ended up playing nurse most of the day yesterday. The big guy ended up coming to bed just as it was hitting last night, so it seemed to be a miserable evening for him.
As they walked past, I asked the nurse-child if #7 had been given any ice chips. Nurse-child said, "I was told not to give her anything."
As soon as a child throws up, make sure he/she is getting fluids back in. It's best to start with something very small--ice chips is first on the list. Get them from an ice dispenser or put whole pieces of ice in a bag and whack it with a hammer or rolling pin. Spoon one or two small chips into the child's mouth and let him/her chew them up. Wait about 2 minutes between chips.
If the child won't take the ice (at first #7 wouldn't last night), give him/her something clear (uncolored) that he/she will drink--water, Sprite, etc. We did water last night. She was allowed three sips and we'd wait a few minutes between each drink.
Sometimes the child will refuse anything (particularly if he/she's well on the way to dehydration)--FORCE it. One way to do this is put it in a fun water bottle or something that looks appealing to the child, or if necessary, put it in a small medicine dropper and squirt a little bit of the clear liquid into the area between the child's cheek and gum. If he/she spits it out, do it again. Be persistent. It's SUPER important, but try to do it in a way that's not going to upset the child too much.
Step #2: You're going to want to have three other things--a bowl for the child to throw up in, towels to place around the child and a change of clothes--preferably something you don't have to pull over his/her head--snaps, zippers or buttons down the front are best.
Step #3: Listen and watch for signs of vomiting. There are few things as nasty as having to clean up after a child has thrown up. You will hear the stomach gurgle or a burping sound. You will see an increase of activity as the child tries to get comfortable. The child may moan, and you may see increased saliva. If you see any of these signs, get the child to the bathroom as you hold the bowl under his/her chin. He/she WILL hate this--guaranteed, but you know more than he/she does, so be persistent. It's important to teach a child from a very young age where to throw up. It will pay off in the long run. Don't get lazy and just hold the bowl under his/her chin--RUN!
There are certain symptoms that are extremely worrisome and may mean more than just the stomach flu. If there's a high fever, be aware of any stiffness in a child's neck or any unusual spots or rashes anywhere on his/her body. Also, if my child was extremely lethargic (floppy), I'd call the doctor right away.
I am just a mom, but I've been through this a few times. These are the things that have worked for us. Sick kids are no fun--little ones particularly. Hope this helps.
So, back to the story about last night. #7 came and hung out with me on my bed. We watched Shirley Temple in Heidi, and I let her drink from the coveted pink water bottle. She threw up two more times. It was tricky to pull my achy body out of bed and drag her and her throw up bowl to the bathroom, but we were successful and had no more clean ups. PHEW! She slept well through the night--her mattress was placed on our bedroom floor with towels over it, just in case. She woke twice asking for drinks of water, and I got up and gave them to her--the water bottle and bowl were right next to her bed. Other than that, the night went without incident and today she's pretty close to being back to her old self.
So glad this doesn't happen very often around here. **knocking on wood**