Surviving the Stomach Flu

by Kelsey Norwood

in Health,Kid Stuff

Like I’ve said before, we’ve had the stomach flu at our house this week, and I have a few tips that will hopefully help the stomach flu pass with a little less trauma for your family.

culturelle for diarrhea

First, our pediatrician recommended Culturelle for the diarrhea (English’s most difficult word to spell), which has afflicted everyone in our house. It firms things up a bit which is lots easier on the diaper changing, if you know what I mean. For babies/toddlers, you empty the contents of the gel capsules into applesauce. Adults can take the capsules normally.

Culturelle is pretty expensive, about $20 for 30 pills, so we found out that Acidophilus is pretty much the same and is much cheaper, around $5 for 30 pills. The important ingredient is the active live cultures, which they both have.

Also of interest to me was that dairy makes diarrhea worse. My son loves his milk, and it’s been pretty tough to keep it away from him, but it really does make things worse. You need lots of fluids, so Gatorade, Propel, or Pedialyte is best. These drinks are better because they have those electrolytes and calories. I even drank one of those Ensure meal replacement things, so it’s nice to have those on hand.

shopping cart cover

For preventative measures, we use a shopping cart cover whenever we go to the grocery store. Those carts have who knows what on them. We don’t leave home without our shopping cart cover, which I think has limited our getting sick as often.

I sure hope your families stay healthy this winter!


1 Barbara H. November 21, 2008 at 6:35 am

I just got over a horrible bout last week. I have never heard of Culturelle but will look for it!

2 Julie B November 21, 2008 at 6:57 am

I had never heard of it either, thanks for the tip. I once saw a show where they swabbed to see what type of bacteria is on shopping carts. As you can imagine, it was pretty gross. The worst was E coli on the carts and most likely from people not washing their hands after using the restroom.

3 LIz November 21, 2008 at 10:30 am

I love culturelle. It helped out immensely when we had that going around our house!
HOpe you get feeling better

4 Jen T November 21, 2008 at 2:40 pm

I always carry the clorox wipes in my car and take one into every store I go to and wipe off the cart before I shop. Then we always keep the liquid Germ-X in the car and as soon as we are in the car from school, store, etc, everyone gets “the hand stuff” as we call it. These things help our family.

5 syeda November 23, 2008 at 9:14 pm

Hope u guys feel better soon!

6 Raven February 23, 2009 at 7:22 am

I see those shopping cart covers all over the place. Maybe it’s time I give in and get myself one! Thanks for the tip.

7 Richard M. August 7, 2009 at 7:14 am

Look for a web-site called where you can order for cheap a shopping cart handle cover that is washable, reusable and will protect you from transmission of these ugly germs !

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