Did you know that if you ever have stomach flu, you can treat it with the help of home remedies in your own home? You don’t need to visit a doctor for that. Most people manage their stomach flu symptoms with the help of home remedies.  

Do you know about those remedies? If you don’t, do not worry. Read this article and know the best home remedies for stomach flu.  

Stomach flu is an infectious disease that affects the tissues of the stomach or intestines and makes them inflamed. Most of these infections happen due to viruses, but they can happen from bacteria or parasites. It is also known as gastroenteritis.  

Most of the time, people think that it happened due to the influenza virus but that’s not true because the influenza virus affects the respiratory tract, not the gastrointestinal tract. 

Although stomach flu is not dangerous, it can be dangerous for infants and people who have weak immune systems (such as old people, people who are living with a health condition, or people who take some medication). So, it is important for them to take home remedies or medications whenever they have symptoms of stomach flu.  

These are the symptoms you should be looking for:  

  • Watery diarrhea 
  • Nausea and vomiting 
  • Fever 
  • Cramping or pain in the abdomen 
  • Headaches 
  • Muscle aches 
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Dehydration (the most common and most dangerous sign) 
  • Dry mouth and increased thirst 
  • Less urination 
  • Dizziness and loss of energy 

Signs that you can notice in your children or infants:  

  • Less urine 
  • Increased thirst 
  • Loss of energy  
  • Cries, but without tears 
  • Sunken cheeks or dry eyes 
  • Restlessness 

If you notice these symptoms, you should start taking home remedies to treat these symptoms. If home remedies don’t work, visit the doctor to get medical treatment.  

What should I do? 

Most people get well without taking treatment. The only thing they need to do is to manage the symptoms at home and get plenty of rest and keep themselves hydrated. If you have a fever, you can take paracetamol or any over-the-counter medications.  

These are the 7 best home remedies for stomach flu: 

  • Keep yourself hydrated: Stomach flu creates inflammation in the stomach or intestine, increased thirst and dehydration are common signs of stomach flu, which is dangerous for your health. So, make sure you keep yourself hydrated until you fully recover. You can drink water, drink a beverage with electrolytes, or both so that you recover faster and do not develop dehydration. 
  • Take rest: This is important because your body repairs itself and fights off the infection to keep you healthy. It will strengthen your immune system and allows you to fight back infections. So, get plenty of rest.  
  • Dietary changes: You need to make changes in your diet until you get healthy. This means you should avoid foods that are spicy, have saturated fats, and are high in protein. Avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages. And don’t eat raw vegetables and fruits (besides bananas). These foods might make you feel nauseous or lead to vomiting. Rice, banana, and toast are the foods that can help to ease your symptoms and give you the necessary protein, fiber, and fats that are required to keep your body healthy and are easy to chew and digest. You can start your diet as a liquid-only diet and then move to a solid diet as you get comfortable with it.  
  • You can use heating pads to relieve abdominal cramps.  
  • You can use cinnamon and turmeric to help relieve your gastroenteritis problems. You can use apple cider vinegar to ease your nausea or upset stomach. 
  • You can use over-the-counter medications to treat symptoms like fever, diarrhea, or muscle pain.  
  • You can use zinc supplements to reduce the severity and duration of stomach flu.  

If these home remedies do not feel effective, visit the doctor to take treatment.  

Precautions to take  

Stomach flu is caused by viruses. There are several precautions you can take to avoid stomach flu, including: 

  • Avoid close contact with someone who is infected. Use gloves and masks to avoid the transfer of the infection.  
  • Wash your hands frequently especially when you come after visiting a crowded place.  
  • Use the dishwasher to clean the dishes and utensils (instead of hands) whenever possible.  
  • Keep your sick family member isolated. Make them use a different restroom. The members who give food and medicine should wear a mask and wash their hands when they meet them.  
  • Before using the shopping cart, wipe the handles.  
  • Clean your counter or table with disinfectant spray and wash your clothes and bed sheets well. 
  • Don’t share daily usable items (such as toothbrushes, towels, eating utensils, etc.). 
  • Avoid eating undercooked food. And rinse well the canned vegetables and fruits before eating.
     

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