According to The Health Pages, one of the common symptoms of the stomach flu, also called intestinal flu, is diarrhoea. This type of flu is caused by a virus. The other symptoms include upset stomach, vomiting, fatigue and a general feeling of sickness. Diarrhoea is an "abnormal increase in the frequency, volume or liquidity" of bowel movements, according to the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center. Abdominal cramps usually accompany diarrhoea, but not always. It can last for a few hours or up to two days. Flu induced diarrhoea can last longer. To help settle the digestive system, there are steps to take.
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Things you need
- Ginger ale
- Fluid-replenishing drink
- Bouillon or clear broth
- Saltine crackers
- Dry toast
- OTC diarrhoea remedy
Fast for four hours to cure flu induced diarrhoea. That will leave your bowels with nothing to pass.
Drink sips of water. Over several hours, gradually add small amounts of ginger ale, gelatin, fluid-replenishing drink, bouillon or clear broth to your diet.
Eat a few saltine crackers or dry toast if your digestive system tolerates it, according to The Health Pages. Stay away from fruit juices and other solid foods for 24-48 hours. Don't eat or drink dairy products.
Eat solid foods like bananas, applesauce or dry toast after a day or two to cure flu induced diarrhoea. If needed, take an over-the-counter diarrhoea remedy. Read and follow the manufacturer's directions on the container.
Tips and warnings
- According to the Mayo Clinic, an adult should seek professional medical help if: their diarrhoea lasts more than three days; they become dehydrated; they experience severe pain in the abdomen or rectum; have black or bloody bowel movements, or have a fever of higher than 38.9 degrees Celsius.
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