the thing i hate most

I absolutely hate any sickness that includes throwing up. This past week, the 18 month old caught some sort of stomach bug that was really bad! This wasn’t an easy 24 hr. thing…it was days! She threw up everywhere many times over and because she is female and 18 months old…she overreacts and makes things even more difficult to deal with. Finally she is feeling better after a long 6 days of not being herself. Now that she is better, her 3 year old brother came down with it yesterday. I was reading some interesting things about “Gastrointestinal Difficulties” in my Mommy Diagnostics book.
Foods and Supplements that are beneficial for stopping diarrhea are:
1.) Acidophilus and Bifidus
2.) Barley broth – cook the barley in extra water and drink the broth.
3.) Make fresh applesauce without the peels because peel stimulates the bowel. Mix in carob powder. Carob powder is excellent for stopping diarrhea.
4.) AntiDiatribe TincTract or IntestiCalm – the dosage is 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon given after every bout of diarrhea.
Diarrhea lasting over a couple of days or that does not respond to any remedies should be checked for parasites through a stool culture. Sounds disgusting but I have been told that you can call your doctor and ask them for a stool culture kit. This will help diagnose what is causing the sickness.
For parasites, nutritional supplements like garlic, goldenseal, grapefruit seed extract, papaya enzymes, wormwood are very beneficial. You can also buy a product called Worm-Out TincTract. Large doses of garlic should be taken with Worm-Out.
I have always wondered how you are supposed to know if it is a stomach virus, stomach flu or food poisoning, bad food etc. Shonda Parker says, ” A gastrointestinal virus can be home diagnosed by observing a 12 to 14 hour period of nausea and / or vomiting followed by diarrhea. Viruses have to travel through the gastrointestinal tract first causing nausea/vomiting with the diarrhea following in 1 to 2 days or sooner. Food poisoning differs from a virus in that usually both vomiting and diarrhea occur simultaneously in an abrupt onset, or diarrhea only occurs. In food poisoning, the vomiting and diarrhea together is the body’s attempt to rid the system of toxic bacteria, such as salmonella, campylobacter, listeria, E-coli, stapholococcus aureus and shigella; protozoa, such as giardia or crytosporidium; or a poison. Most people realize that a GI virus is contagious but do not consider food poisoning to be contagious, yet it is. ”
For vomiting, Shonda Parker suggests:
Offer 1/8 teaspoon sips of black tea every hour until the stomach is stretched back out and can handle more liquid. No gulping. Avoid all dairy products for several days after a GI illness. Morning Smooth works for nausea. Tummy Plus by TincTract is an herbal remedy that has antimicrobials for fighting infection.
Observe STRICT hand washing precautions!!!! Clean door knobs, light switches, toys and any other highly touched objects.
Because I have a large family, something like this is very serious. If keeps going like it is, at this rate we will be dealing with this for the next 2 months! I have been trying to prevent it through quarantine, lots of hand washing and wiping down the highly touched areas with cleaner on a daily basis now. Tomorrow I go to buy some acidophilus and intend on putting the entire family on it.

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  • Sarah Walston says:

    there is a supplement called Sambucol that you can get at a health food store – it is marketed for flu….but it is basically an antiviral supplement. you might give it a shot.
    http://www.sambucol.com/
    we just spent over $200 on meds and dr appointments for a virus that ran rampant through our family and everyone ended up with bacterial infections. yuck. i feel your pain!!!!

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