What should be in my stomach flu survival kit?

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Being prepared and having the essentials on hand can help you worry less about a stomach bug striking the house. I recommend that anyone with kids should have a waterproof mattress cover on each bed at all times. They are inexpensive and can be purchased at Walmart. I also recommend keeping a plastic trash can in everyone's bedroom at all times. Here are the other essentials that I recommend. 

Stomach Bug Survival Kit 

  • Disposable gloves
  • plastic trash can (to throw up in)
  • DISPOSABLE Face Masks like these
  • White kitchen trash bags to line trash cans
  • Large black draw string trash bags
  • Large absorbent disposable pads to cover carpet
  • Isolation Gowns to protect the caretaker's clothing
  • Slippers or flip flops to wear only in the sick room
  • Clorox® Hydrogen Peroxide Spray(can be used on carpet and kills norovirus)
  • Clorox Hydrogen Peroxide Wipes 
  • Chlorine bleach--for laundry and cleaning
  • Gatorade or electrolyte drink
  • disposable cups
  • Saltine Crackers
  • New toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Prescription of dissolvable Zofran tablet to stop excess vomiting.
  • Rubber bands to hold hair out of the way
  • Large black trash bags to carry soiled laundry and bedding to the washer.

Here are other important items that you should try to have on hand. 

Laundry detergent
Paper towels
Spare sheets and waterproof mattress covers to change beds after the initial surprise throw up at 2am.

I personally prefer to keep children who are just vomiting in their own beds/rooms to quarantine them. I give them a plastic trash can lined with a white draw string trash bag to throw up into. Every time they throw up, I change the bag. (I would be there with gloves on and a face mask.) However, if the person is having diarrhea too, they will need to be in the bathroom (unless it is a young child in diapers).