Aidan, Joshua and I got food poisoning (we suspect) last Sunday. We are recovering from it and I would like to share with you some facts and strategies on how to deal with it. When we visited the Makati Medical Center Emergency Room, I think most of the complaints that night were about upset stomachs or cases of food poisoning. I believe we got the same treatment, advice and prescription.

To save you from P630 Emergency Room Fee and P400 Doctor’s Professional Fee,  I would like to share with you some Tips on How to Recover from Food Poisoning:

1. The main symptoms of food poisoning would be loose or watery bowel movement, fever, vomiting, and abdominal pain.
We experienced all of the symptoms but not at the same time. Aidan was the first to vomit, then me and, lastly, syoti Joshua who just vomited last night. All of us had frequent loose bowel movement within the day and we complained about abdominal pains. I refer to it as naghihilab ang tiyan, Aidan calls it “ouchy stomach”, and Syoti Joshua just cries about it.

2. There is no specific medicine to treat viral infection-causing diarrhea.
Usually, it gets better in 3-5 days with the proper diet. You need to flush out all the toxins from your body either through bowel movement or vomiting. If symptoms persist after 3-5 days, better consult your doctor.

3. Eat the BRAT Diet and Avoid Fatty Food.
The best way to help one recover from food poisoning is eating the Banana, Rice, Apple and Toast (BRAT) Diet. You can also eat Pretzels, Crackers, Complex Carbohydrates (rice, wheat, potatoes, bread), lean meats, yogurt, fruits and vegetables. AVOID Fatty Food, Highly Seasoned Food, Dairy Food or Food High in Sugar, Caffeine, Juices and Soft drinks.

4. Dehydration is the Number 1 Cause of Death in this situation.
Make sure to drink plenty of fluids — about 8-16 glasses of liquid per day in small frequent sips. For excessive vomiting, wait 1-2 hours after the last vomiting episode to start oral fluids.

5. Drink Hydrite not Gatorade.
Instead of just drinking water or diluted fruit juice, buy Hydrite Oral Rehydration Salts. It provides the necessary sodium, potassium, chloride, citrate, and glucose needed to replenish your body to avoid dehydration. Dissolve Hydrite in water. It tastes like the old salt water solution.

Often, we drink Gatorade instead, which has a high amount of sugar. It will cause the patient to vomit some more, so NO Gatorade please…
It is a bit scary for us, especially when you see a 1.5-year-old child vomiting helplessly. Of course if the situation gets worse, seek medical help immediately. A worse situation could be an increase in the frequency of bowel movement, or the presence of blood in the feces, or the abdominal pain shifts to the lower right portion of the stomach.

Can you share your own tips on how to handle this kind of situation?

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