A few days ago my daughter came home from school complaining that her stomach hurt. My first thought was we haven’t had a stomach virus yet and it’s really going around Boca Raton and Delray Beach.
When she kept whining, I knew to walk her straight to the potty. This wasn’t my first RODEO with this crap. In fact, I think at least one of us gets it every year. It’s never pretty either. And then… it happened and happened and happened again.
She felt much better after and I sent her to the couch to rest.
A few hours went by and it hit her again around 10:00 PM, then at 3:00 AM and then at 6:00 AM. Wow! What a night. I know so many moms that have been here before. It can be so stressful, exhausting and consuming.
When she finally woke up, she just looked awful. I hoped the worst was over. She said she wanted pancakes, which I thought was a good sign. But I took it easy on her and started with ice chips. An hour went by and we moved onto dry toast. By the afternoon, she was back to her old self again skipping, laughing and talking so fast I couldn’t keep up. I knew my girl was back.
You always hear about these viruses being a 24-hour thing.
But is it really?
When I started thinking about our weekend plans and how this virus has been so rampant at one of my friend’s daughter’s school, I decided to Google “How Long is A Stomach Virus Contagious “.
After researching a few of the different health websites, HERE IS Some interesting SCOOP.
“You can be contagious from a few days up to two weeks or more, depending on which virus is causing your stomach flu (gastroenteritis).”
Norovirus. The most common cause of viral gastroenteritis in adults and children. You can be contagious the minute you start to feel bad. Symptoms usually appear within one to two days of exposure. Although you typically feel better after a day or two, you’re contagious for up to three days after you’ve recovered. Some people may be contagious for up to two weeks after recovery.
Rotavirus. The leading cause of viral gastroenteritis in infants and young children usually appears one to three days after exposure. But you’re contagious even before you develop symptoms, and up to two weeks after you’ve recovered.
I thought they were fine 24 or 48 hours later.
So what are we supposed to do, keep them in a bubble for 2 weeks?
Juggling motherhood and trying to have a career with sick kids is not easy.
The best way to TRY and prevent this:
DILIGENT HAND WASHING – Don’t forget to make your family sing their ABC’s or Happy Birthday while scrubbing away those germs.
CLEAN SURFACES – Don’t forget to wipe down door handles, sink handles, countertops, toilet seats, iPads, iPhones, remotes and so on with some sort of germ-killing cleaner.
WASH EVERYTHING – Any clothing, sheets, pillow cases etc. that have been in contact with your sick child.
A FEW FACTS I FOUND
- Viral gastroenteritis isn’t food poisoning, which refers to any illness caused by food contaminants, including dangerous toxin-producing bacteria like salmonella. But the Norovirus is the number-one cause of foodborne illness in the U.S.
- Viral gastroenteritis can be spread from person to person or by touching a contaminated surface. You can also get viral gastroenteritis from sewage-contaminated food or water, or meals prepared or handled by an infected person.
- Compared to other viruses, Noroviruses can be surprisingly hardy and live for days on household surfaces, which is why they spread easily.
- Wash your hands with soap and water, which is more effective than hand sanitizers. Avoid food prep if you’re sick, and wash laundry carefully, using gloves to handle soiled clothing and bedding if you can.
Disclaimer: Local Mom Scoop is not a doctor and all information shown above is strictly her opinion. Please consult your doctor or pediatrician if you have any questions or concerns. Most of this information was found on Health.com, BabyCenter.com, MayoClinic.com. and from my local pediatrician.