Basically, the stomach flu is a disorder that will heal by itself or even within a week. The stomach flu is not dangerous but if left untreated it can cause very serious problems. The problem that will arise with stomach flu if it is not treated immediately is dehydration which means lack of fluids.
The stomach flu can occur due to viral and bacterial infections. The virus that causes stomach flu is the rotavirus which mostly causes 90% of cases of stomach flu in toddlers. While the bacteria that cause stomach flu often contaminate food and cause poisoning toddlers. Examples of bacteria that cause stomach flu include compylobacter, salmonella and escherichia coli.
Recognize the signs that your toddler has a stomach flu, one of which is the most easily recognized, namely diarrhea, abdominal cramps in toddlers and will disappear after your toddler has repeated bowel movements. Furthermore, what you should suspect if your toddler has stomach flu, namely diarrhea accompanied by fever and vomiting. In more severe cases it can lead to bowel movements that contain blood. Immediately take your child to the doctor to confirm the disease he is suffering from. If your toddler is diagnosed with stomach flu, take appropriate care.
Here are 5 ways to deal with stomach flu for toddlers:
- In administering drugs to stop diarrhea you must consult your doctor, especially the dosage and content of drugs that are safe for your Baliya. By providing drugs according to the age and condition of the toddler, complications can be avoided.
- First aid in reducing symptoms of stomach flu, namely fever, can provide paracetamol or ibuprofen according to the age of your child.
- In severe cases of stomach flu you can bring a stool sample so it can be analyzed in the laboratory for further tests. Thus the doctor can determine the cause of the stomach flu in your child. The doctor will give you antibiotics that can kill bacteria if bacteria are found to be the cause of the stomach flu.
- Take control of your child’s health. Try to keep teaching clean life with washing hands by using soap before eating and after using the toilet. The next step in dealing with stomach flu is to maintain cleanliness and room sanitation, especially in food storage areas.
- For babies who are still breastfed, continue breastfeeding so that it can help maintain their immune system, while for toddlers feed every 2 hours, try to eat foods that contain water so your baby will not reject it.
The stomach flu can happen to any child, although it is not dangerous, prevention is much more important. In addition, do proper handling by using ORS, boiled water or by using fruit juices that do not come from fruit types with a high acid content. For your baby who often vomits, you should give him something to drink or fluids to avoid the danger of dehydration.