Sunday, February 05, 2012
Tummy virus survival kit
For the last couple of winters (primary stomach bug season) it has been my intent to create one of these. Of course, intent doesn't get er done, and last weekend when my husband fell to a virus or food poisoning, I really felt the need for some of these supplies. Luckily he was the only one who fell and I had a chance this week to make up for my inadequacy. There is nothing like the whole family falling to a 24- or 48-hour bout of stomach virus to show you how poorly prepared you are for such an event, and hopefully just by putting together my survival kit, I'll have acquired a bit of insurance.
Unfortunately, Faith already used the kit last night and today, but I'm not sure if it was an authentic bug or her first migraine headache -- she had a really bad headache and then threw up a couple times. She was really ok today, I was just very cautious and made her eat blandly.
Your kit would be specific to your family's tastes, but a few suggestions are:
soda pop, especially coke (started out as a aid for stomach upset though I'm pretty sure is nothing like the original any more), sprite (which has sodium citrate -- an acid reducer), and ginger ale (with real ginger)
Gatorade or Pedialyte for young children
canned peaches (maybe an old wive's tale that peach juice helps sick tummies -- one tablespoon at a time)
chicken noodle soup -- for when food stays down
cheese and peanut butter sandwich crackers, also for when food stays down as a transition to real food
I would also put tea bags in here, but we always have those in the pantry
I would also put lysol wipes and spray in here, but those are always under the sink