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How to Make a Stomach Bug Supply Kit
Here are some handy tips for the kit you hope you never need. See how to make a stomach bug supply kit and ensure you have emergency supplies on hand when the bug hits your home.
In my own humble opinion, there is no worse way to wake up than hearing the frantic calls of your sick child in the middle of the night. The dreaded stomach bug tops my list of parenting nightmares, followed closely by an ear infection or teething. One thing that all of these ailments have in common? Little-to-no-rest for parents until the major symptoms subside.
Winter seems to be the most common time of year for stomach bug to strike in our house. We usually get a round of it over the Christmas holidays or immediately after that. My guess is that during the holidays we are out and about, visiting lots of people and attending various events that involve large gatherings of people (and their germs). We are ten years into this parenting thing and the stomach bug still never fails to turn our entire house on its axis!
How to Prevent the Stomach Bug
Now look. When it comes to the stomach bug, sometimes, I truly think there is no way to avoid it. That being said, like any contagious disease, there are certain precautions you can take to at least decrease the likelihood of catching it.
- Wash hands frequently, with soap.
- Keep hand sanitizer accessible in case you find yourself without soap/water.
- Use disinfecting wipes to sanitize frequently touched surfaces including doorknobs, tables, remote controls and toilets.
- Try to get plenty of rest. The more sleep-deprived a person is, the more susceptible he or she is to germs.
- Avoid being around people who you know are sick. (Sounds obvious, but sometimes easier said than done.)
- After an illness, change toothbrushes for all family members.
- Some people SWEAR that drinking a small amount of grape juice every day wards off stomach bug. Have you ever heard that?
So let’s just say, as so often is the case, the stomach bug makes an explosive arrival to your home.
I don’t know about your kids, but mine certainly never get sick when the doctor’s office is open or when most major stores are open. That would just be too easy I guess. All too often, when my kids come down with a bug, it’s in the dark, lonely hours of the night. And in those desperate throes of that ungodly hour, the last thing my brain is capable of is forming a logical thought. I grab the nearest trash can I can find for barf catching and whichever parent doesn’t stay up with the barfer heads out at the crack of dawn for supplies like ginger ale and saltines.
Put together an emergency bucket of supplies so you always have the basic necessities on hand.
About three stomach bugs ago, we had to take Landon to the doctor before the barfing had subsided. Lily had been diagnosed with strep throat less than 24 hours prior and had also been throwing up. You can bet your urgent care co-pay that Landon tested positive for strep as well. Until then, I had no idea that sometimes strep is accompanied by vomit. I digress.
That day at urgent care, the nurse gave Landon an emesis barf bag. If you have ever handed a kid a plastic grocery bag when they are sick, you know that they have pretty much a 50/50 chance of actually getting the barf in the bag. These barf bags are an example of simple genius. They have a hard plastic opening that helps the bag to stay open and catch whatever your kid is spewing. After the sick wave has subsided, a simple twist of the bag is all the clean up you need to do and into the trash it goes.
That same day that Landon went to urgent care, I ordered a set of these barf bags. We have them in each bathroom and have a few in each car. They have already come in handy on a couple of occasions!
Supplies for Emergency Stomach Bug Kit
First of all, we use a bucket to hold the supplies. Yes, this is to double as a barf bucket in case the need should arise. One thing not pictured that I am still going to add to our bucket – a thermometer.
Supplies we included:
- Ginger Ale
- Gatorade (or Pedialyte)
- Antibacterial Cleaning Wipes
- Rubber Gloves
- Paper Towels
- Chicken Broth
- Emesis Barf Bags
- New Toothbrushes
I made sure to include some typical “stomach bug friendly” snacks in our kit. My kids usually sip on water, gatorade and/or ginger ale as they fight off a stomach bug. After the waves of sickness start to subside, they try to keep down small amounts of saltines, applesauce, or broth. Reminder: Food and some medical products expire after a certain amount of time. Make sure you pull out your kit every 6 – 12 months and rotate out the items that have expired (or will expire soon) and replace them with new items. Daylight Savings is a great time to try to remember to do things like this. We always try to remember to check smoke detector batteries around Daylight Savings time. Updating the supplies in first aid and other emergency kits is another good thing to do around those times of year.
I hope this post has given you some good ideas of what supplies to keep in a kit of your own. I rounded up many of these items at my local dollar store. Can you think of anything else that you would add to your own stomach bug supply kit?
A kit like this is one of those things that I meant to put together for years. I would then forget until the next stomach bug hit the house and be annoyed that I was without supplies. Never again! LOL
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