Stomach Flu

The stomach flu is a name given to a condition known as gastroenteritis. Stomach flu can cause cramping, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It spreads easily from person to person through contact with unwashed hands, food, or contaminated surfaces. Rotavirus can also cause gastroenteritis, which is one of the most common causes of diarrhea in children. Nearly everyone in the world has been infected by rotavirus once by the age of 5. Good hand washing is the best way to keep from getting infected and from spreading this virus to others.

Symptoms may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever, chills, fatigue
  • Belching, bloating, flatulence and diarrhea
  • Gagging, vomiting, dehydration
  • Fast heart rate, headache, and INfrequent urination

Follow these instructions in order:

  • Do not eat or drink anything for several hours after vomiting.
  • Sip small amounts of water or suck ice chips every 15 minutes for 3-4 hours.
  • Next, sip clear liquids every 15 minutes for 3-4 hours. Examples include water, sports drinks, flat soda, clear broth, gelatin, flavored ice, popsicles or apple juice. Do not drink citrus juices or milk. Increase fluids as tolerated.
  • When you can tolerate clear liquids for several hours without vomiting and if you’re hungry, try eating small amounts of bland foods. Try foods such as bananas, rice, applesauce, dry toast, soda crackers (these foods are called BRAT diet). For 24-48 hours after the last episode of vomiting, avoid foods that can irritate or may be difficult to digest such alcohol, caffeine, fats/oils, spicy food, milk or cheese.
  • When you can tolerate bland food, you can resume your normal diet.
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When to see your Doctor:

  • Vomiting for more than 2 days
  • When you are unable to keep fluids down for
  • Vomiting blood
  • Have a fever of 102 or higher
  • Notice blood in your stool
  • Deep yellow urine, excessive thirst, and dry mouth
  • CHILDREN – lethargic or irritable
  • CHILDREN – shows signs of discomfort or pain
  • CHILDREN – has bloody diarrhea
  • CHILDREN – seems dehydrated (as compared to what is drank and urinated)

If you think you or someone you love is suffering from stomach flu/gastroenteritis, please contact us for an appointment.

Afton Clinic: 307-885-5852 and Afton Urgent Care: 307-885-5700

Thayne Clinic: 307-883-5852

Alpine Clinic: 307-654-5852 and Alpine Urgent Care: 307-654-5700