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How to handle a stomach virus when it hits your large family

The one downside to having a large family is that when something like a stomach virus hits, it hits hard and in random times even when trying your hardest to prevent it. This past week has been up and down and included my husband going down in the process. The oldest two girls were apart of the literacy camp at their school this Summer and apparently a stomach bug was going around the camp and eventually made it to our 9 year old. It started with a fever and then progressed to vomiting, however it was gone within two days so we thought maybe we would just slide by.

On Wednesday of this week my husband was scheduled to train on night shift and he went in after being there for only two hours one of his co workers noticed his color fading and asked for the thermometer his temp was 102.9 so they sent him home and requested a negative Covid-19 test. He came home and went straight to sleep where he sweated most of the temperature out. The next day he took the test that came back negative but by this time it had hit me. Now mind you I’ve been constantly washing bedding and using disinfectant spray non-stop , at one point I even put masks on.

Today our youngest girl came to me with a temp of 100.5 so I gave her a dose of Tylenol and quarantined her to the bedroom. I’m so beyond ready for this to be over and I honestly despise when a stomach flu hits our family because I know for the next few weeks it will be constantly up and down. As of right now none of the boys and our oldest girls have shown any symptoms and we may get lucky and they won’t but alas I will still try to prevent any more spreading even though I know it is inevitably preventable.

Here are a few things I do to help prevent it from spreading:

  1. Wash linens daily while the virus is active.
  2. Bleach bathrooms and touchable surfaces.
  3. It is hard with smaller children that want to play with their siblings but try to keep everyone spread out a little.
  4. Stock up on Ibuprofen and Tylenol to rotate.
  5. Pepto tablets are a must.
  6. Sprite and other clear liquids for ease on the tummy.

What are some things that you do to when a stomach bug hits your home?

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