The Three “C”s for Navigating the Stomach Bug


If you have young children, chances are they will at some point bring home the dreaded stomach bug. It comes seemingly out of nowhere and usually shows its ugly self at night. (Whyyyy?!) Normally, the stomach bug is just a virus that has to run its course and there isn’t much that can be done . . . or is there?

Our household has had its fair share of the stomach bug, and we have some protocols in place for when it hits. Whether you call it the stomach bug, stomach flu, or stomach virus . . . there are ways to make the terrible time a little easier.

A mother sits on her son's bed looking at him with concern.The Three “C”s for the Stomach Bug

1) Containment

This one helps keep the number of stomach bug casualties low. If your house allows, the sick person gets claim over one bathroom. He or she is the only one to use this bathroom and may not go into other bathrooms. We also try to keep the sick kiddo in one area. Find a comfortable spot with some entertainment so your child can rest and not be completely bored.
A mother checks her daughter's forehead while she's laying on the couch with the stomach bug.

2) Clean Up

Containment helps lighten the cleaning load since you are focusing on certain areas. Keep a receptacle nearby in case your child is too sick or too young to make it to the bathroom in time. I like to use two plastic grocery bags in a small trash can. You can also put a paper towel in the bottom of the trash bag to help absorb some of the liquid and prevent leaks.

The comfy, easy-to-clean spot in our home is on the sectional in our living room. I like it because there is no carpet in that room, and I can keep a close eye on my child. The couch is covered with blankets for easy clean up in case of “misses.”

Cleaning supplies are kept close by, but out of reach of kids. Have gloves and appropriate disinfectant for the surfaces in your home on hand. Make sure all other family members are washing their hands well with soap and water before eating, cooking, or touching their faces.

A mother sits on the couch snuggling with her child sick with the stomach bug. The mother looks at her phone and is taking notes.3) Comfort

You already have your child in a comfortable spot. But if you’re like me, you kind of freak out when someone starts vomiting. As the parent, keep your feelings to yourself and use calming, reassuring tones and words to your child. Encourage them to use the proper receptacles and if they miss, remind them that it’s okay. What’s important is that they rest and get well.

If you have medical concerns or questions, most pediatrician offices have a nurse line that you can call. This will give you comfort in knowing how to physically help your child through the stomach bug.

Luckily, these bugs are typically short-lived and the active illness is over in 24 hours. Hopefully, the three “C”s help ease your family the next time you deal with the awful stomach bug.

What are some helpful tips your family uses for the stomach bug?

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Jessie Leslie
Jessie Leslie of Summerville, SC is a hairstylist, a wife, and mother to twin boys. When she’s not in the salon, you can find her outdoors on adventures with her family, trying to keep her household running, serving the community with her church, or in a quiet place reading a book. Jessie loves to encourage families to spend time together. One of her family’s favorite ways to spend time together is outside. In fact, her family became Ultimate Outsiders in July of 2021. This means they visited all forty-seven SC State Parks! Jessie believes we can help each other by sharing our learned life experiences. Motherhood can be overwhelming and downright exhausting. She wants to help moms see the good and have fun! Connected, healthy families build better communities.


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