How to Get over a Stomach Bug Fast {and One Thing Every Medicine Cabinet Needs}

One morning last week, I went to pick up Jacob from his bed, and found him covered in vomit. 


We cleaned him and his bed up, and he proceeded to throw up again (change clothes, clean carpet)… and again (change clothes, clean couch). Yuck. These are the days when you want to call your mom up and thank her for all the years she held your hair back and cleaned you up when you were sick.

Thanks, Mom.

So, here’s the regimen that we did to get over this bug:

1) I waited until he didn’t throw up for 30 minutes before trying to give him something by mouth, then gave him a dose of Stomach Rescue. This is something everyone should have on hand for upset tummies, food poisoning or stomach bugs. It contains ionic silver which has anti-microbial properties that kills whatever funk is festering in the gut (and it doesn't really have a taste so its not hard to get little ones to take) You're going to want to have this on hand before a bug or upset tummy hits, I promise! Click here for link

2) We hung out on the couch, and watched entirely too many episodes of Bob the Builder until he said he was thirsty. I knew he needed hydration, so I gave him small sips of Recharge  to boost his electrolytes. The BIGGEST concern when getting the stomach bug is dehydration. Kids obviously can get dehydrated very quickly, so making sure they're getting enough fluids is key.  Recharge is like a healthier, natural Gatorade (minus the artificial dye and enormous amount of sugar). If you cannot get your hands on Recharge, you could use coconut water, or you can make your own Hydration Drink by combining water, sea salt, some fruit juice and a crushed up magnesium tablet. (click here for Amazon link)

I waited 30 minutes to see if he could keep it down, then gave him more sips. 

3) He did have a fever, but I did not treat it (i.e. give Tylenol or ibuprofen). Fever is a good thing, it is NOT an illness, but a sign that the body is fighting off an illness. It is truly one of our body's greatest, most effective defenses against sickness—by heating our body up and producing an environment where the bug cannot live. It also can strengthen and help build up the immune system. A lot of times, we rush to reduce the fever and the “bug” is not killed, therefore the sickness is prolonged. Just letting our bodies do it's thing is sometimes the best thing we can do!

(Note: very high fevers are sometimes the result of giving too much fever-reducer, therefore the body is trying very hard to over compensate producing too high of a temperature that can be scary. Usually, a fever untouched, will come down on its own after it has done what it was intended to do— kill the virus or bacterial infection.)

(I'm obsessed with this thermometer. We used them in the hospital, but I always thought they'd be too expensive- but they're only $30! You just swipe it along the forehead and boom... no screaming, kicking, or having to hold down click here for link )

4.) By the time he woke up from his nap, he was hungry and his fever had broken. He was dry-heaving a little bit, but he never threw up again. I followed the “BRAT” diet— which stands for Banana, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast. (we just did a little toast and some banana). These foods have very little fiber or fat content so that it helps the gut to rest, but still gives a little nourishment. (Note: I did not offer food earlier, because digestion requires a lot of energy and his body needed to spend as much energy fighting off the illness).

By late afternoon, he was ready to play with trucks, have a few meltdowns and be a 2 year old again.

Post Bug Regimen: When you throw up, it not only strips the body of electrolytes and fluids, but it also depletes the body of good gut flora (good bacteria that protects us from bad bacteria) So, I made sure Jacob got plenty of probiotics and Kombucha (a fermented tea with natural probiotics)— and of course lots and lots of fluids and rest.

The bad news is, I got the bug as well two days later—why am I surprised? I was covered in it. I followed the same regimen, but mine lasted a little bit longer and involved fever and chills. Yuck. Even though I was absolutely miserable, I continued to nurse Ruthie (because breast milk is the best protection for her) and we got through it quickly (around 12-18 hours).

I did not treat my fever either, and I think that is another reason I bounced back so fast. Although, I did proceed to get a cold on the heals of this bug, so needless to say, it was a doozy of a week. (I’ll be sharing a few more tips later on what I think helped me get over the cold very quickly as well— who has time to be sick??)

In other news, Miss Ruthie is 10 weeks old. Sheesh! Where does the time go?? She has been a trooper, and remained unscathed by all of these shenanigans. She continues to capture our hearts with her sweet, gentle demeanor and her adorable dimple (yes, just one).

it's really hard to not just sit around and take pics of this girl all day!

Here are a few other posts on getting well:

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  1. What do you take/use when you have something like a bad head cold?

  2. I do a lot of the things I talk about in my post "How we get well." Like upping our Vitamin D, Vitamin C and taking garlic. Something i JUST tried this past weekend when I got a little head cold after traveling was Nasal Rescue by Peaceful Mountain (you can get it at health food stores or amazon). Its a sinus spray and It cleared up my nasal congestion within hours!! I'm going to write about it next week ;) Hope you start feeling better!

  3. Oh, and I also do the hydrogen peroxide in my ears often (there's a post about that as well).

  4. Thank you SO much! Really enjoy your blog. Very helpful!!

  5. Thank you SO much for all of your help! Love your blog