How To Get Rid of Stomach Flu?
Vaccinations against influenza viruses (“flu shot”) are available but they won’t protect you from viral gastroenteritis—it’s a different kind of bug. (3) Antibiotics are ineffective because those work on bacteria, not viruses.
Because viral gastroenteritis is caused by a virus and not bacteria or a parasite, it will eventually make its way through your immune system and you’ll get better in the course of time (which is usually not more than a couple of days).
While suffering with the stomach flu, dehydration is the most hazardous consequence, as everything is coming out and nothing is going in. Dehydration can become a serious condition that requires hospitalization if severe.
Signs of dehydration include:
- sunken eyes
- dry or sticky mouth
- extreme thirst
- dry eyes
- decreased urination.
Along with the fluids expelled from the body go the electrolytes: potassium, sodium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, chloride, bicarbonate, and hydrogen phosphate that conduct electricity throughout the body and regulate nerve and muscle function.
Drinking plain water will hydrate but doesn’t replace the outgoing electrolytes and dilutes the electrolytes still in the body.
There are over-the-counter electrolyte solutions you can buy and some are made specifically for children. Sports drinks are not a good option because of the excessive amount of sugar they contain.
Alternatively, coconut water is loaded with electrolytes and is sweet to the taste so your child may be happy to drink it. Or you can make your own electrolyte drink at home—you can find a recipe here.