Norovirus Symptoms & How To Steer Clear This Flu Season: This Damn Stomach Bug Invaded My Home
Norovirus Symptoms & How To Steer Clear This Flu Season:
This Damn Stomach Bug Invaded My Home
My sick, little loves are 34 months, 3 weeks, and 2 days old.
**If you don’t wish to read my personal sick story & rant, skip down to learn about the virus, symptoms, care, and prevention of the norovirus that I added below.**
The norovirus, pardon my French, kicked some serious ass over by my house. It’s been a couple of days since my last post because it’s been so crazy over here. Not to mention that standing or sitting even made me want to blow my cookies all the more, so I apologize for my absence. During a normal cold do I post? Yeah. With my whole family barfing away,,(among other things)…impossible.
It wasn’t just that either. A lucky few of us also had explosive diarrhea, and the fatigue had everybody so wiped out that my kids were sleeping almost the entire day yesterday. I had to check on their chests for breathing regularly. It was so out of character for them, including while being ill usually.
I had been up all night long the night before last throwing up so badly, and being exceedingly tired. Despite using an ambien while my husband was still well and I could sleep, (which was a good thing).. I still could not. The ambien and no sleep to speak of gave me an insane fog head that compounded the situation all the more.
Then the migraine starting kicking in for me. That was SO horrible. And body aches, chills. If I could have paid someone to shoot me yesterday I would have. That was worse than the night of vomiting and diarrhea to be honest. The only thing holding us all together yesterday was my well, home from work husband, but I knew that wouldn’t last. (I knew he was screwed though he was hopeful. Moms know better.)
Early this morning began his turn as I finally slept. Almost 12 hours to make up for the previous night. (WOW..there’s a mother’s record 😯 .) A few short hours ago I heard him start yacking his brains out and now is in bed. There is nobody escaping this virus once it invades your home. The worst part for me right now is that it still feels like I have been hit by a truck. My whole body just kills. (I have been literally hit by a truck in real life, so I do know how the aftermath of that really does feel.) I had it worst though.
Nevertheless, I woke up SO much better. I’m definitely on the mend. I can see today is my turn to shoulder the hubby. I better get prepared. We all know what big babies they are when they’re sick. (DEAR GOD 😆 .)
I’m cursing the mother who knowingly brought her child to gymnastics class with this stomach bug just clearing up she said to another mother right in front of us. (It’s Allie’s friend so they were holding hands the whole class.) Then this woman was admitting that her baby (ironically plopped next to me in his car seat) was just starting up now. NICE!
If you don’t respect other people by keeping your knowingly sick kids away from others, I have zero respect for you. I mean when you don’t know anything that is one thing, but when you know it enough to talk about it..you suck!
RANT OVER..NOW INFORMATION.
All types of flu’s and viruses are running rampant. It’s hard to tell one from another. But a very common stomach bug (also called a stomach flu but not a true flu in laymen’s terms)..is now taking the U.S. (among other countries) by storm. It’s called the norovirus and is one that is NOT helped by the flu shot or any vaccine. It produces some flu-like symptoms among other ones.
Since I researched all of the symptoms before I was sick, as poor Allie was victim #1, I am certain this is what we all have had here.
Potential Norovirus Symptoms
(You may not have them all.)
1) Nausea/ vomiting
4) Body aches
5) Low-grade fever
8 ) Loss of appetite
9) Stomach pain
I had all of these symptoms, but a couple of my kids were spared a few, so you don’t have to have them all. I’m laying down on my heating pad right now as I type this with the computer balancing up on my knees. I still have a bit of soreness in my muscles and bones, and some fog head, but NOTHING like yesterday and the evening before.
The Norovirus (AKA Stomach flu) going around. Facts & care.
**First thing to note. This is a virus. It’s not a true flu, and there are no medicines that can treat it.**
It usually lasts around 1-3 days (2 being average), but can vary a bit from person to person. Running off to a doctor just increases your chances of getting sick with something else, and they won’t do anything for you but tell you what I am going to tell you right now, so listen up. Especially if you have little ones who are ill with this, or you suspect it, and are scared and concerned. All you will be advised by your doctor to do is:
1) Get rest
As much as is possible.
2) Stay hydrated
This can be hard for little ones when they feel so sick and are vomiting after each drink. You have to keep trying. Little, more frequent small sips are best, and easier to tolerate. Water and juice are recommended more over sports drinks.
3) Check fevers
Make sure they don’t get too high. Usually with this virus no fever or low fevers are reported, but do check for them, especially in wee ones.
4) Check for signs of dehydration
For infants, toddlers, and children signs of dehydration are:
a) Lack or wet diapers, or a large decrease in toilet urinations.
b) Dry cracked lips
c) Sunken in eyes
d) Dizziness upon standing
(Most difficult to tell in very young children.)
e) Dry mouth
You can check your child’s tongue and lip area, if they aren’t old enough to be able to tell you this.
f) Crying with few to no tears
g) Unusual sleepiness or fussiness
Some kids get like this when sick anyway, so you really have to check the other signs. If they coincide with one another suspect dehydration is present.
*If dehydration is suspected via these symptoms, and/or your child refuses liquids for too long of a period of time, you then must bring him or her in to see a doctor. Otherwise, ride it out. You aren’t alone by far.**
5) If vomiting and/or diarrhea lasts for more than 24 hours, more dangerous forms of possible food poisoning may be suspected.
Call your doctor’s office to see if you should be concerned. Do NOT just go in unless there are emergency symptoms, or you are asked to come in via phone request by the doctor. This makes you susceptible to other flu strains and viruses.
What to do and how to avoid?
1) The flu shot will NOT protect against this particular illness.
So don’t feel bad if you haven’t been able to get one yet as far as this ailment is concerned. It is a virus, not a true flu.
2) As usual the best thing they say you can do to prevent getting ill is…WASH YOUR HANDS!
Though those with school-aged children, ones in day care, and toddlers who touch everything and are faster than we are, are basically screwed regardless. Teach your kids as best you can and pray they will follow some of your advice. Though illness will still come…it may just help limit it quite a bit.
3) Use hand sanitizer regularly, but not ever as a substitute for using soap & water.
4) No drink or food sharing with friends, etc.
Bacterias can be easily passed from friend to friend, student to student. Of course, saliva transmission is almost a guarantee of illness. Tell your children to not to share food or beverages with others, even their BFF’s.
5) Moms (and dads) prepare foods properly.
Norovirus can also be found in certain foods to, so be sure and:
a) Handle foods properly washing hands before touching them.
b) Wash all fruits and vegetables adequately.
c) Properly prepare all shellfish before eating, cooking at high enough temperatures to kill any potential viruses.
d) Don’t let sick children near where these foods are being prepared.
e) Don’t prepare foods for others if you are sick, and for 2-3 days after symptoms have vanished.
Do what we are going to be doing now that some of our appetites are back today..ORDER OUT! (It’s just easier anyway while re-cooping.)
f) Wash laundry thoroughly, as this virus is also passed through vomit and stool. Take caution while handling.
If Your kids do get sick….
Be courteous to others. Keep your kids out of school and away from others for at least a few days after he or she seems well again. You may only have this for several days or less, (THANK GOD), but you are contagious for several more days after the fact. (3 days they say. Some people..possibly for longer.)
Care about others, get well, and hang in there.