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How to Tell if you Have the Stomach Flu

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The stomach flu is not a wonderful condition to acquire. Most of us have experienced the fever, chills and diarrhea that can accompany this virus. It is technically known as viral gastroenteritis and is really the stomach and intestines becoming inflamed by a virus.

Many of us have experienced this virus and its accompanying symptoms, including:
Abdominal cramping
Abdominal pain
Clammy skin
Excessive sweating

Joint stiffness
Leakage (incontinence) of stool
Muscle pain
Poor feeding
Vomiting blood (very rare)
Weight loss

Stomach flu must be treated in terms of rehydration as the loss of fluids can be dangerous. When rehydrating, drink small amounts often, or, for younger children, ice pops are wonderful. Avoiding sugary food and drinks, even fruit juice, is important because sugar can increase diarrhea.

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Aimee Boyle writes and teaches in CT

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