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Survive the Stomach Bug

WHAT TO DO IF YOU GET SICK!

If you are feeling sick, stay in your residence hall or apartment and CHECK your temperature. Avoid contact with friends and peers, except to get medical care. Most people with the stomach flu should stay at home for the first 24 hours and get plenty of rest. You do not need to make an appointment with a provider unless you are experiencing the symptoms below for more than a 24 hour period.

TREATMENT (SELF-CARE)

Get plenty of rest! It does wonders for the body.

Wait about 30-60 minutes after the last vomiting to try drinking fluids.

Sip small amounts of clear liquids frequently. Try ice chips, sips of water, flat ginger ale, weak tea, diluted apple juice, electrolyte beverage,clear soups, popsicles, gelatin.

Let your gastrointestinal tract settle by not eating for several hours. Then start with small amounts of bland, easy-to-digest food such as cooked cereals, bread or bagel (no butter or margarine), toast with jelly, crackers, plain pasta, pretzels or bread sticks, fruits (banana, apple, applesauce), cooked potatoes, cooked vegetables, eggs, rice, turkey, and baked fish.

Avoid dairy products, greasy or spicy foods, raw vegetables, caffeine, and alcohol until recovery is complete.

SYMPTOMS

  • DIARRHEA
  • VOMITING
  • ABDOMINAL CRAMPS
  • DEHYDRATION

WHEN TO SEEK MEDICAL CARE

  • FEVER FOR MORE THAN 24 HOURS
  • PROLONGED VOMITING (LASTING MORE THAN 24 HOURS)
  • SIGNS OF DEHYDRATION
  • DIARRHEA THAT LASTS MORE THAN 3 DAYS

For more information on the stomach bug, visit the Stomach Bug Health Tips page on the Health Services website.