Stomach flu (norovirus) symptoms and remedies
Stomach flu symptoms and remedies

When you or a loved one has the stomach flu, the only question on your mind is most likely: “When will this stop?” The bad news is, there’s no cure for the stomach flu. But the good news is that rehydrating with Pedialyte® can help you feel better fast.

What is the “stomach flu?”

Unlike the seasonal flu, a respiratory infection caused by the influenza virus, “stomach flu” refers to several viruses that cause the stomach and intestines to become inflamed. A common cause of the stomach flu is the norovirus.

Stomach Flu (Norovirus) vs The Flu (Influenza)

How long does the stomach flu last? How can I treat it?

Since the stomach flu is a virus and not a bacterial infection, antibiotics can’t “fix” the flu—it has to get better on its own. Symptoms usually last 1 to 3 days, but there is something you can do to feel better fast—rehydrate.

Vomiting and diarrhea can prevent your body’s normal absorption of water and minerals, causing dehydration, which can make you feel even worse. Unlike household drinks, including water, Pedialyte is specially formulated to replace vital minerals and nutrients to help prevent dehydration due to diarrhea and vomiting.

Vomiting and Diarrhea

I never want to go through this again. How can I prevent stomach flu in the future?

You can help prevent the stomach flu by taking these easy steps:
  • Wash your hands often, with warm soapy water for 20 seconds at a time (the length of the “Happy Birthday” song—sung twice).
  • Disinfect doorknobs, light switches, remotes—any objects that are touched frequently in your home (make sure to regularly disinfect anything with a touch screen as well, especially your phone!).
  • Food can carry the norovirus too. Rinse fruit and vegetables and make sure to cook shellfish thoroughly. When you’re sick, don’t prepare food or care for others.
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