Asthma Mom’s Rules for Surviving and Containing a Stomach Bug

When my kids were little, I assumed if one of us started throwing up, it was inevitable that the rest of us would end up camping out in the bathroom ourselves within a couple of days.

Until I decided to get smarter about stomach bugs and actively work to prevent their circulating through this family. Believe me, I’ve had more practice than I’d like.

Here’s what I do, based on the CDC’s Norovirus guidelines and many messy years of experience:

Confine the Patient to One Bathroom


Washing hands all the time to keep those GI germs off is key, but containing the contagious fluids in one bathroom is just as crucial and perhaps even more effective.

At the first sign of vomiting or diarrhea or even if I know one of my kids has been exposed and will probably get sick, I confine that person to one bathroom, and no one else in this family uses it. (Not that anyone’s really chomping at the bit to get in there, anyway.)

Seems drastic, I know. Some people reading this might say, “Wow, overreact much?”

And to those people I’d say, “Hey, don’t knock it ’til you try it. Your family may thank you.”

Seriously. It works.

Wash Your Hands


You already know this, but it’s worth repeating.

The germs of a GI virus live in the infected fluids, and they make you sick if you ingest them. Everyone should wash their hands constantly before eating or drinking or doing anything else that involves the face, just in case they’ve come in contact with those germs.

Caregivers should always wash their hands after dealing with those infected fluids, and the patients should do it after throwing up or – my kids have a hard time remembering this one when they’re sick – after brushing their teeth.

Another obvious step that bears repeating: people should always – ALWAYS – wash their hands after using the bathroom, sick or not.

Keep Re-hydrating Drinks in Your Sick Box
What’s a sick box? This is a sick box.

Carbonated drinks are supposed to make vomiting worse, but my family and I all crave ginger ale when we’re nauseous, so we go with it. Other people use flat cola. The main rule is, drink clear liquids a little bit at a time and avoid dairy and juice.

Popsicles work great, too, and sometimes they stay down when liquids won’t.

I keep Gatorade powder in my Sick Box, too, for re-hydrating after the vomiting stops and the stomach settles a little.

Wipe Down Shared Surfaces Constantly
You could wait to disinfect doorknobs and light switches and kitchen counters until your sick kid recovers, but why?

If I get a free minute, I wipe down every shared surface I can with bleach water, all throughout the illness. (One capful of bleach per gallon of water) Since my asthmatic daughter can’t tolerate the smell of bleach very well and it makes her flare, this is the only time I use it. Any hard surface is fair game, but don’t forget these:

Telephones, remote controls, faucets, doorknobs, light switches, kitchen counters, staircase banisters.

Change Toothbrushes


First of all, who wants to clean their teeth with the same toothbrush they used when they were throwing up?


Secondly, throwing out the patient’s old toothbrush will help stop the spread of germs.

Give Bland Food for Awhile
Most parents already know the BRAT diet:


Also good? Saltines, plain pasta, and noodle soup.

After recovery, I still stick with mild, soft, non-spicy foods like scrambled eggs, roast chicken, mashed or baked potatoes, and non-citrus fruits for a few days.

Clean Everything
Wash all bedding and clothing of the sick person in hot water after recovery. Don’t forget towels, washcloths, and – if your kids like to lie on the couch when sick like mine do – throw pillows. Vacuum if you want to get really crazy.

Open Windows
Okay, gastroenteritis is not airborne like the flu virus so this step probably has no effect on the germs at all, but opening my house up to let some fresh air circulate just seems healthier.

And who knows?

I live in the Denver area, a mile high. At this altitude, the air is very dry, so opening my windows might actually do some good. It sure makes me feel better, and that’s important, too.


Got some rules of your own?
Throw ‘em below.

42 responses to “Asthma Mom’s Rules for Surviving and Containing a Stomach Bug”

  1. What’s up to every body, it’s my first go to see of this weblog; this blog includes amazing and actually fine information designed for readers.

  2. I read this post completely about the comparison of hottest and earlier technologies, it’s amazing article.

  3. This paragraph provides clear idea designed for the new viewers of blogging, that in fact how to do blogging.

  4. Jaxon says:

    Spot on with this write-up, I honestly believe that this web site needs a lot more attention. I’ll probably be
    back again to read through more, thanks for the information!

  5. Hey there Your web site runs up honestly slow
    for my situation, I’m not sure who’s problem is that although twitter and facebook opens up extremely quick.

    Nevertheless, I must say thanks for placing excellent article.
    Perhaps it has become helpful to lots of individuals . This one is great
    what you actually have concluded and want to discover more interesting articles by you.
    To get additional information through content which you publish, I’ve added this web page.

  6. says:

    Hey there Twitter performs fine in my situation yet
    your website is starting slowly which took just about a minute to successfully load, I am not sure whether or not it’s
    my own issue or maybe your website problems. Well,
    I have to appreciate you for attaching amazing content. Almost everyone who stumbled on this page really should have found this
    article extremely very helpful. I personally should state that you
    actually have done fantastic work with this and wish to discover much more great stuff from you.
    I have got your site saved to bookmarks to look at blog you post.

  7. i – Pad apps when set of connections would bring varied groups jointly in an electronic sitting and
    would bring a superior mass in one sitting. Released in 2008,
    this little phone is well worth it, particularly if you don. To do
    this, copy the game install files (typically a folder
    containing a file named ‘Install.

  8. forex zim says:

    I am genuinely grateful to the holder of this web page who has shared this great paragraph
    at here.

  9. new songs says:

    And I promise not to tell anyone if you wear it out, rocking your best pair of harem pants, swaying that
    “arrogant” dance, mumbling “mother father gentleman”–stop pretending you don’t know what I’m talking about–nearly 5 million views and counting.
    This can be considered as the greatest asset for a musician to grow through all sides.
    But until he was 15, Akon spent time in both countries, which not only strengthened his roots but also had a major influence on the music that he
    would later go on to produce.

  10. Mike says:

    Everything is very open with a precise clarification of the issues.
    It was definitely informative. Your site is very useful.

    Thanks for sharing!

  11. Cydia says:

    2) get the sensation which you’ve been a considerate and careful owner
    who has taken care of his things.
    Many gamers might complain about PS3 a lot, because on the one
    hand, PS3 has strong game play and powerful function.

  12. When you possess a clear vision for your business
    and you encourage every employee in your organisation to embrace the vision of your business, you have the means
    to improve your service delivery. Here are some benefits of hiring Professional Carpet
    Cleaning London services:. Different accountancy firms offer different services,
    so it may be prudent to enquire at each one you have selected to
    make sure they can offer what you need.

  13. kw2 says:

    Je suis Je suis curieux de savoir ce que le blog plateforme vous
    utilisant? Je vivre

  14. It’s impressive that you are getting thoughts from this post as well as from our argument
    made here.

  15. Thanks , I’ve just been searching for information approximately this
    topic for a long time and yours is the best I’ve came upon till now.
    But, what in regards to the bottom line? Are you certain in regards
    to the supply?

    My blog entrepreneur Boot camp

  16. Ces 8 astuces sympathiques vous apporteront de nombreux avantages en fight ainsi
    que lors de votre aventure sur le jeu.

  17. I knew that I had talked my escape of switching into the keying class that was supplied to
    me in secondary school.

  18. Marvelous, what a blog it is! This website presents
    valuable data to us, keep it up.

  19. Thanks to my father who informed me about this web site, this website is actually awesome.

  20. Freeman says:

    Download tthe most rscent version of this device on our
    web site too be the frst in the recreation.

    my web site dead trigger 2 hack ios no survey (Freeman)

  21. agen bandarq says:

    There is evidently a bundle to realize about this. I think you made some nice points in features also.

  22. Hi there colleagues, its fantastic article on the topic of
    teachingand entirely defined, keep it up all the time.

Leave a Reply