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Stomach flu is also known as viral gastroenteritis. This simply refers to inflammation and swelling of intestines and the stomach due to a viral infection. This flu is caused by consumption of contaminated food or drinking contaminated water. It has been termed as the leading cause of diarrhea. Symptoms are experienced at least four hours after infection. They include diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. Others include fever, poor feeding, sweating, muscle pain and weight loss. How to Get Rid of Stomach Flu 1. Take Medications

• OTC Painkillers. This includes over the counter medication. This can be helpful if you experience severe stomach aches. Most ideal painkillers can be acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen among other combinations. Aspirin should not be taken by those under the age of twenty, and it is ideal to eat before taking medication. • Diuretics. These should not be administered before consulting with a medical practitioner. Patients under diuretics can develop diarrhea requiring them to stop using the diuretics. Remember not to stop taking prescription medication before consulting with your doctor. • Anti-diarrhea Drugs. Diarrhea is a serious cause of dehydration which can be fatal. Anti-diarrhea medication will stop the diarrhea and should not be administered without the consent of a healthcare provider. Avoid giving anti-diarrhea medication to children unless you are instructed to do so by a doctor. In case of bloody diarrhea, severe diarrhea or fever, do not use this medication before consulting a medical practitioner. And do not administer this medication to children. • More Tips. Stomach flu is caused by viruses, not bacteria. Antibiotics cannot be used to treat stomach viral infections. Do not take them at all.

• Fluids to Avoid. Avoid alcohol, fruit juice including apple juice, acidic fluids like lime or orange juice, caffeine and milk. You should also avoid flat or bubbly cola or sodas, broth or even jell-O. They contain too much sugar that worsens the diarrhea without replacing minerals. • Fluids to Have. Drink lots of fluids, including sports drinks, water and electrolyte solutions that are very important. The electrolyte solutions can be purchased at pharmacies. Adults and older children can take sports beverages like Gatorade but should never be used on younger children. Fluid and electrolyte solutions or even freezer pops are most ideal for young children and infants and can be bought at drug and food stores. • Homemade Rehydration Solution. You can make your own rehydration solution if for one reason or the other you cannot reach a drug store. In order to make your own rehydration solution, mix the ingredients of one liter (4.25 cups) of clean water, 30ml (6teaspoons) sugar and 2.5ml (0.5 teaspoon) salt and then take them in large quantities. • More Tips. Take in minimal fluid amounts after every half hour or one hour. Forcing too much fluid can induce vomiting causing more dehydration. For small children and infants, make use of syringes or teaspoons. Add more fluids to the baby formula or breast milk. There is no need to switch to soy formulas. For diarrhea patients who are unable to take the fluids orally, intravenous methods (through veins) can be used to induce the fluids. This can be helpful in younger children who suffer a higher risk of dehydration. Parents should take the time to monitor the number of diapers they change per day on their sick children.

• Foods to Eat. Eat foods that do not require too much digestion. This will ease the stomach irritation. These foods include BRAT diet (bananas, rice, apples and toast) and ensure that foods are offered in small quantities often. Some foods you can eat include bread, cereals, lean meat, potatoes, fresh apples, plain yogurt and vegetables. • Foods to Avoid. In case of frequent vomiting, avoid uncomfortable or irritating foods such as spicy foods, fatty foods and chips.