Stomach Flu

Posted March 26th, 2011 by Aaron

This news is a few weeks old, but the misery is still pretty fresh in my mind…

A few weeks ago, I stayed home from work because I was feeling a little under the weather. Nothing serious mind you, just not good. Near the end of the day, I got a voice mail from the day care. His teacher mentioned that he threw up, and she wanted me to call back. I immediately got my coat and drove to pick him up.

When I got there, he seemed fine. His teachers said that it seemed like it might be an isolated incident.  Stereotypical and hilarious side note: he threw up in the ball pit!  Of all places that kids throw up, why is it ALWAYS the ball pit?!?

I took him home and said I would keep an eye on him, but don’t expect to see him the next day.I thought he was going to be fine, but once we got into the driveway, he did it again. Unfortunately, when a kid is strapped into a car seat, they don’t have a lot of freedom to lean forward. Instead, they just sit there. I wasn’t concerned about the mess, just about him choking!

I got him inside, cleaned him up, and changed his clothes.  Again, he was deceptively fine.  I gave him something to drink.  Within 15 minutes, again with the throwing up!  This was starting to get obnoxious.

After being sick all evening, we finally took him to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital urgent care.  After a couple of painful, boring hours, the doctor finally saw us.  He sent us home and told us to give him Gatorade or 7-up.  We took him home and put him to bed.

Sarah was the first to come down with the flu two days later.  I was the next, but I wasn’t as bad off as either of them.

There are a couple of valuable lessons that I learned from this experience.  The first is that toddlers aren’t considerate when they throw up.  No less than three times did the boy walk up to me to throw up on my feet.  I held a trash can under his face a couple of times.  He proceeded to try pushing the trash can away.

The second thing is that urgent care was almost a wasted experience for stomach flu.  I say “almost” because we did come away with how to tell if he’s getting dehydrated.  Apparently, all we have to do is check for moisture inside his cheeks.  If his mouth starts drying up, he’s getting dehydrated, otherwise, just give him some Gatorade and ginger ale (if they’re over a year old), and call it a night.

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