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How do you take care of sick children when you have the flu?
February 19, 2007
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Its 4 am and I have had 2 hours of sleep I have been having tummy troubles and been thowing up My 3 year old is sick also pluse I have a 4 yearold and an 9 week old to take care of I Just dont know what to do. My husband works from 10am until 10pm today.

February 19, 2007
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Hi RW

So sorry to hear you and your boys arent well

I dont really have any advice but I do sympathise because when my 3 girls were all babies we all had a dreadful case of stomach flu and it was horrible.

I would just say every chance you are able to, try to rest or sleep. Dont do anything that isnt neccessary like housework etc. Stick a video or some cartoons on for the boys and let them watch while you lay on the couch.

Do you think maybe your sister in law or someone could come and take the baby out for a while to give you a little time to sleep

(((RW))))

February 19, 2007
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he is so young he is only 9 weeks old and I am breastfeeding. I feel like crap i was up most of the night throwing up and having tummy troubles. Crap not again

February 19, 2007
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Oh dear, that sounds not good. Most importantly: make sure that there is enough to drink for everybody. And enough toilet paper. And if walking and getting up is difficult, it sometimes helps to put a bucket right next to the bed, so at least the carpet will hopefully stay clean.

I remember one week, when my nieces visited me. We did not much except queue for the toilet, drink tea, eat dry bisqits, drink cola, clean the carpet, the bed, the nightshirts....
But when we think about it now, we laugh a lot. My cat was cute, he seemed worried about us, and finally brought us a mouse. Trying to feed us, he was 🙂

Hugs to you.

February 19, 2007
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(((RW)))

I know right where you are dollface. I am sorry that you are going through the same thing.

My oldest I think has strep throat, she has been sick since last tuesday. Friday, my 3 year old, my 5 year old, and my 6 month old all got sick. They were ALL running fevers. My three year olds turned into croup, my 5 year olds came and went, and my husband took my 6 month old last night, for us to find that he has an ear infection, a bacterial infection, and impetigo. I am so tired.

I know right where you are honey. I am sorry. It is hard when we don't have many people to help us at times like this.

Holding you close, and praying for a quick recovery for all of you.

Love to you sweets....
Mich

February 19, 2007
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I'm so sorry Random,

My advice is to get whatever help you can in whatever form you can. Prioritize whether you have help or not. sleep and rest as much as you can. do what you have to do five to fifteen minutes at a time, whatever you are up to. your goal is to creep toward health and discourage reinfection or deterioration.

1. stay hydrated
2. keep the toilets as clean as you can
3. do laundry as you can (the essential stuff), we have puppy pads that I would use on the beds. you could take pillows and put them through the dryer one cycle on high to help with disinfecting
4. keep food and beverages basic, use disposable dishware to reduce kithen chores
5. any kid old enough to feed themself should do that. I keep stuff on hand for that purpose
6. shower when you can, wear comfy clothes and brush your teeth.

I wish I could give you a hand. Second best is I will thing strong healthy thoughts your way. Hopefully you can get a little help.

bonni

February 19, 2007
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RW,

do the best you can.

For the tummy stuff - Immodium is great for diarrehea and pepto bismol or maalox for the upset tummy.

They sell cola syrup at the pharmacy...it's sicky sweet but it helps the vomitting IMMENSELY.

gingerale and crackers for you.

As for the other sick little ones...keep them all on the couch or in bed with you...whatever is closest to the bathroom. Keep all essentials nearby...diapers, wipes and a bucket to catch the "oops".

When all else fails...call friends or family to come help.

February 19, 2007
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another good one for stomach bugs. we keep a plastic float in the bathroom. I cover it with a beach towel and the afflicted child sleeps there. saves time and effort on cleanup.

bonni

February 19, 2007
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my step mom brought some things for me. She brought premade sandwhiches for dinner and some pudding and gatoraide.its only 2 1/2 hours until my children go to bed and luckly my husband has the next 3 days off starting tomarrow.

February 19, 2007
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call family, ho0me help, whatever, but take care of YOU first, otherwise they have no one

February 20, 2007
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I am feeling better today. Im still going to take it easy though. They changed my husbands hours so he does work today from 3pm until 10pm. But atleast I have help for most of the day.

February 20, 2007
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Hi Random,
I'm glad you are feeling better. You are right to take it easy. No relapse. I hope you sleep well tonight.

bonni

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