It’s been more than 24 hours since JC and the girls were hit by this aggressive stomach bug/virus that’s going around. Many of you are dealing with it at home. Here is this post to help you get rid of it.
It includes what I did to prevent it (in my case), treat it, and eliminate it (for JC and the girls). I have included tips from other dear mothers who also care for the more natural.
1- Drink water proactively (or my yummy recipe in item 2 of the next section) and keep activity level to a minimum so you’re body is better able to fight against the virus/bacteria.
2- Kefir with raw honey and cinnamon / probiotics (good bacteria to boost your system/ overcome bad bacteria).
3- My friend Carey recommends grape juice. I got organic 100% Concord grape juice, no sugar added. Even though grape juice has a lot of sugar naturally, there is science behind this recommendation so don’t discard it. In essence, the grape juice changes the PH level in your tract so the virus can’t survive and it boosts your body with anti-viral chemicals. It works!
4- My friend Maureen recommends Apple Cider Vinegar in water to alkalize the body so the virus won’t thrive. 2 teaspoons in 1 cup of water 3 times a day.
5- I went to the chiropractor yesterday so I would have to add: Get adjusted! This way, your immune system and body are functioning at its full potential.
If you begin feeling symptoms, implement these next steps…
For support during vomiting and loose stools
In the case of viruses you pretty much have to let your body get rid of it. It typically lasts 24-48 hours.
1- First, try fasting
Cut all foods and drink little fluids to stay hydrated. Your body is repelling the bug so anything you eat is likely to come out quickly (either up or down). Definitely no sugars or breads, since bacteria feeds from these and sugars suppress your immune system.
Use my version of Gatorade or Pedialyte: 1 cup of coconut water, 1 teaspoon of raw honey, and 1 pinch of salt. It’s surprisingly tasty. I also added a banana since it was my breakfast but this is optional.
3- Teas and Organic Apple Sauce
My friend Leilani (a registered nurse) recommends organic apple sauce with teas. “Try some organic applesauce and some teas (chamomile or ginger) no caffeine. Start with sips of liquid 1/2 oz every 30 minutes. If they throw up wait 1-2 hours before trying again.”
I called my naturopath and she recommends Nux Vomica (I got the Hylands brand, 4 tablets under the tongue 4 times a day) and Slippery Elm (1 teaspoon with 1 cup of water). I started these two things this afternoon.
If fever occurs
1- Garlic Socks
Bella got a fever. I immediately made Carey’s recipe for garlic socks: coconut oil, garlic, thieves oil, tea tree oil, lavender. It’s really easy. Just mix 3 tablespoons of coconut oil and 3 garlic cloves in the food processor. Then in a separate container add the oils (7 drops of each, optional). I waited until Bella was asleep and I massaged her feet and covered them with socks, I also rubbed it on her back up and down across her spine and on her center area above her ribs.
2- Calcium Lactate
I also dissolved 3 pills of Calcium Lactate in water for Bella to drink throughout the night. I took a little bit of the water with the calcium and placed it on her head with my hand to cool her off as she slept.
These two things, along with prayer, began decreasing the fever consistently. In the morning, her fever was gone.
After the vomit and diarrhea have subsided
Introduce foods slowly. Start with Baby foods like banana (1/2 and see how it goes), or banana.
I had my first real meal today a couple of hours ago and it went well.
A note to my friends that breastfeed: You don’t need to stop nursing your child. It’s actually best that you continue, so that you pass the antibodies to your baby and actually help him or her fight the disease.
I hope we can all be out of the woods soon.