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.
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.
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.
You can help prevent the stomach flu by taking these easy steps: