The Glamorous Jobs of Parenthood: Vomit Patrol

Our eldest has hit another milestone in her life: Stomach Flu!

yellow_bucketNot that I think that we had the worse end of the stick, but being a parent to a sick child is no fun. When the most you can do is hold their hair out of their face while they’re emptying their little stomachs, you are virtually helpless. Unfortunately, aside from keeping them hydrated and comfortable, some diseases just need to run their course.

So is there nothing that we can do?

Well, there are always the basics. The morning after the great upheaval started, I went to the store for stomach flu supplies. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, these are them:

  • Vernor’s Ginger Ale (to be served warm, of course)
  • Saltines
  • Life Cereal
  • Pedialyte Kid’s Drink
  • and Jello

One other thing that I didn’t need to get at the store because we already had it on tap was water.

The weekend passed in a rush of bucket emptying, mouth rinsing, and pbskids.org watching (they have some great shows on there for kids).

Our kids have gotten colds before, so we know the joys of runny noses, coughing, and general crankiness, but this was our first time through the throw-up trials. I think we did pretty good, because after a rough weekend, she seems to be feeling better and eating normally again. And most importantly, keeping it down.

The best part? So far, our youngest hasn’t shown any symptoms of having picked up the stomach bug.

So, fellow parents, what do you do to treat the stomach flu? What did your own parents do for you when you were a kid?

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3 responses to “The Glamorous Jobs of Parenthood: Vomit Patrol

  1. You are doing well. I know one father who plugged his ears when his sons got sick so he wouldn’t add to the problem.

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