Stomach Bugs In Children


Stomach bugs, also commonly known as "the stomach flu" (not technically caused by influenza) occur in children year-round.  They do tend to spike, however, in the spring and summer months when the viruses that typically cause these illnesses are most prevalent.


Signs your child with a stomach bug should seek medical attention

  • Vomiting without any other symptoms, particularly if vomiting alone for more than 24-48h
  • Child seems more sleepy than usual
  • Not enough urine output (see above)
  • Blood in vomit
  • Blood in the poop (stool)
  • Vomit that is bright green

The most common symptoms of a stomach bug in a child is vomiting and diarrhea. Stomach bugs in children typically get better on their own but care must be used to make sure your child stays well hydrated. The best oral rehydration solution commonly available is Pedialyte (or generic equivalent).  The easiest way to gauge how your child is doing on fluids is to look at how often the child urinates in a 24 hour period. Infants should have no less than 5-6 wet diapers in a 24h period. Older children should urinate no less than 2-3 times in a 24 hour period.


What to do if I think my child has a stomach bug?

  • Lots of handwashing
  • Ensure that enough fluids are going in (using something like pedialyte is preferable to plain water).  
  • Small sips frequently are the best way to ensure that fluids will stay down
  • Monitor for concerning signs above



At Pacific Crest Children's Urgent Care, we have the ability to place an IV and deliver IV hydration.  We also stock ondansetron (Zofran) which is an anti-vomiting medicine for children.  We also have plenty of Pedialyte to use for our patients.  If you need help, walk in, call, or schedule appointment.  We're here for you!