Many people wonder how to stop the stomach flu. It's gross, it's hard to handle and it's one of the worst feelings you can have. Symptoms of the stomach flu include vomiting, diarrhea, and sometimes body aches. Chances are if you were around someone with the stomach bug, then they have passed it to you. OK, so you know you have the stomach flu, now how do you stop it?
- The first step to stop the stomach flu is staying hydrated. You will need to drink a lot of water (or other clear liquids). When drinking liquids, stay away from sugary or acidic drinks (such as orange juice). These can make the stomach flu worse. If you are throwing up, you obviously need to increase your liquids so that you do not get dehydrated. Try a tablespoon of water. If you do not throw up after five minutes, try two tablespoons. Increase slowly over time. If you have not vomited in over an hour, you can move onto the next step-eating bland foods.
- The next step to stop the stomach flu is introducing bland food. Moderation is the key here! So now you are vomit free and drinking clear liquids. You can now start eating bland foods. Limit your food intake to small (really small) portions of bland food. Start with half a cracker. Move onto a whole cracker. Move onto a half a piece of bread (no butter) and continue to add foods (such as broth, bananas or egg whites), increasing the amount slowly. You should continue to eat bland foods up to 24 hours after your stomach flu is over. You might feel better, but it's better to be safe than sorry.
- Finally, to stop the stomach flu, remember to rest up. Having the stomach flu drains your body from energy. If you are trying to stop the stomach flu, the last thing you need to be doing is worrying about cleaning the house or making dinner for your girlfriend. Stay in bed and rest up. Your body needs it and you don't want to infect the virus with other family members.