Gastro takes guts

It all started at about 2am on a Tuesday morning.
“Moommeeeeeeeeeee, mooommeeeeeeeeeee!” screams came from my children’s bedroom. Upon my very sleepy arrival – I heard a tiny, little voice: “I, I popo in my panty." 

Clearly, I was not sleepy anymore.

Eventually I cleaned their bedding and about an hour later I went back to bed and eventually fell asleep. Until I heard my 5-year-old vomiting and the 3-year-old following and all this only stopped after about two days. Shame my poor babies. I really wouldn’t wish this virus on my worst enemy.

It turned out they, amongst many other South Africans, had and still have the dreadful gastroenteritis infection, best known as gastro.

So what is gastroenteritis all about?
Also known as stomach flu, it is a highly contagious condition that can be caused by a viral infection or bacteria which irritates and inflames the digestive system.

•    Vomiting
•    Diarrhoea
•    Cramping pains in the abdomen
•    Constant nausea
•    Fever
•    Feeling shivery and weak

What to feed them (If they can keep it down)
Paediatrician Dr Amaal Abrahams recommends the following:
•    Lots of fluids like Lucozade, Energade and water
•    Dry or very lightly buttered toast
•    Crackers like Provita, Salticrax, and cream crackers
•    Bananas

She recommends you avoid giving your sick little ones dairy products like milk, yoghurt, cheese etc. and to keep them out of the sun. Make sure to always wash your hands and theirs especially after they’ve been to the loo.

Before seeing a doctor she suggests you try the following mixture – it doesn’t taste great but it works wonders.
•    1 litre water
•    8 tsp sugar
•    ½ tsp salt

If gastro persists longer than 48 hours, consult your doctor immediately since it can lead to dehydration.

If I’d known they would have this virus I would have made sure I have more than 2 mattress covers and that all my rugs were picked up.
I would have had a soapy bucket in every section of the house and made sure that the lid of the toilet seat was always up.
I guess there is always a next time, Heaven forbid.

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