According to the CDC, there is no treatment for the Norovirus infection, so your best course of action is prevention! People with norovirus are contagious from the moment they have symptoms until at least 3 days after they recover, and sometimes longer. I don't think a lot of people realize that and think as long as they are no longer showing symptoms, they are fine when in fact, they are contributing to spreading the virus!
If you have a little one dealing with tummy trouble, download this informative guide, "Mom's Stomach Flu Survival Guide", from Pedialyte. You can also visit their "special offers" link and register for special offers and promotions. I was able to immediately print out a coupon for $1.50 off any one Pedialyte product (twice)!
TIPS TO HELP PREVENT THE STOMACH FLU:
- Thoroughly wash hands with warm, soapy water. (Washing your hands properly takes about as long as it takes to sing the "Happy Birthday" song twice!)
- Disinfect doorknobs, light switches, toys, phones, remote controls, etc. on a regular basis.
- Eat nutritious meals.
- Sanitize grocery/store cart handles, seats, and any other part you or your little ones will be touching.
I'm still not totally sure how the rest of my family was spared from contracting this virus, but here are some of the things that I did to help prevent it from spreading:
- I didn't cook when I was ill.
- Washed all soiled clothing & linens in very hot water with bleach or vinegar to sanitize.
- Sanitized my washing machine.
- Cleaned & disinfected any contaminated surfaces (repeatedly).
- Opened the windows when the weather permitted.
- Frequently (!!!) washed hands.
- Used about an entire can of Lysol!
Something else we also did, which is still just in preliminary stages of research, is to have those who were not yet sick to drink 100% grape juice. (Thank you Gumma Medlin for the tip.) According to Welch's www.grapescience.com:
Laboratory studies performed on animal and human cells also suggest that polyphenols may block or neutralize certain viruses.3,6 However, a great deal of additional research is needed before we know if grape juice will protect humans against viruses in real-life conditions.
- In 2007 and 2010, Lipson et al. reported that both cranberry and grape juice extracts, or their purified proanthocyanidins, reduced infection of the reovirus (which is associated with gastrointestinal infection) in ex vivo animal kidney epithelial cells.3,6
(*Disclaimer: This has not been proven to work and is only in preliminary stages of research. I am not a doctor, nor researcher, and am making no claims as to the effectiveness of this therapy except as it pertains to my own use and experience.)
Thank you to all of our church friends and family who kept us in their prayers during our time of illness! I hope this finds you all happy & healthy!