The intestinal flu is most often caused by viruses, but can also come from bacteria such as salmonella and E. Coli, as well as some parasites. Very often benign, the stomach flu can still be very dangerous, depending on the virus that is causing it. This is the case of rotavirus.
Rotavirus is a type of virus that causes intestinal flu and can make children sicker compared to other types of viruses such as adenovirus, enterovirus, astrovirus and Norwalk virus.
Rotavirus is resistant to cold in the outdoor environment, between 4 ° C and 20 ° C, which explains the peak of contaminations during the winter months.
Its transmission is directly with a patient, but also indirectly by touching a soiled surface or by ingestion of a contaminated food.
24 hours after infection, symptoms will begin to manifest. They include both digestive and infectious symptoms, including diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, fever, disgust and fatigue.
There is no antiviral specific to rotavirus, but one can help the patient to relieve his symptoms by prescribing it, an anti-emetic, anti-diarrheal, paracetamol, probiotics to restore the intestinal flora and antispasmodics. (Do not forget to consult your doctor)
To avoid contamination, people with gastroenteritis symptoms should not be exposed to food or utensils. In addition, any object to which the patients have touched, will have to be disinfected (remote control, door handles, faucets …). The same goes for common areas (WC, shower …).
In addition to being measured, you should wash your hands with soap after contact with the patient. For extra precautions, use disposable gloves to handle the sick person’s laundry. His linen must be washed separately at very high temperatures.
If you still get an intestinal flu, the essential, vital, vital approach is to make sure you do not get dehydrated, which could lead to serious problems, death in the worst case.
So if none of the following natural approaches work, you should definitely go to the emergency room to be examined. You will usually be given an intravenous rehydration fluid to quickly rule out the lethal danger of dehydration.
However, the simple protocol below suffices most of the time to get rid of an intestinal flu, well before reaching this point.
If you have had vomiting, put your stomach at full rest for at least three hours. That is to say to eat nothing or drink, not even water, or even the good old remedy of grandmother “biscuits and lemonade”.
After three hours, if you have not had new vomiting, you can start drinking water in small sips. I insist, do not start drinking water in small sips until your symptoms have stabilized and you have not had new vomiting. If you tolerate it well, you can gradually increase the amount of water.
Continue for one to two hours and if you have tolerated this step, you are ready for the final phase …
What is the final phase?
Quality probiotics in very large quantities.
Choose a good quality brand, then take large doses every 30 to 60 minutes until you feel better. When I say “big doses”, it means that you can finish the whole bottle in 24 hours if it is necessary. This is not usually necessary, however, because by following the tips above, most people will feel better after a few hours.