Having poorly children with sickness and diarrhoea is hard at the best of times, even worse when you are poorly as well. Have you ever had one of those days where you need to travel somewhere or there's a big event, but your little one is struck down and all plans go to pot?
Little ones can suffer from sickness and diarrhoea a few times a year and it's usually at the worst possible times. Norovirus and Rotavirus are the most common stomach bugs with the latter being a highly infectious stomach bug that typically strikes babies and young children.
That's why it pays to be prepared and that is exactly why my emergency cupboard is always full to the brim with lotions and potions to help ease my children's symptoms. I remember as a child, as soon as a bug hit, the Dioralyte would be brought out by my mum and it's still popular now.
Dioralyte is the number one selling rehydration therapy and is clinically proven to treat dehydration faster and more effectively than plain water, fruit juice or fizzy drinks. Dioralyte contains essential electrolytes (mineral salts) and works by replacing fluids and body salts lost as a result of acute diarrhoea. Coming in three different flavours, Blackcurrant, Citrus and Natural.
It is important to stop and rehydrate at the first signs of diarrhoea and related dehydration, in order to combat the horrible virus as quickly as possible which is why it pays to have one of the Dioralyte family range to hand for when a virus strikes. Whether that is Dioralyte itself or Dioralyte Relief which has a unique formula that reduces the duration of diarrhoea and the time taken to return to normal drinking and eating, thanks to the rice powder it contains.
And now the Dioralyte family has extended with the launch of DioraleZe – a product which can stop the symptoms of diarrhoea in just one dose. Aiming to get you back on your feet in no time as even mild dehydration (between 1% and 2% loss in bodyweight) can cause a lack of concentration in the short-term, headaches and reduced mental capability.
As well as using Dioralyte, it is important to drink plenty of fluids whilst struck with a virus and also taking antidiarrhoeal and/or anti-emetic (anti-vomiting) medication, as well as getting plenty of rest are just some of the ways you can help manage the symptoms of norovirus.
So, has a Ghastly Gastro Ghoul visited you at all? I remember the last time the whole household was struck down with norovirus. I had just given birth to Charlie and was enjoying our first day at home as a family of four, when Thomas was struck with the bug.
Not only did I have to contend with a newborn but also a poorly toddler too who was projectile vomiting and had the worst diarrhoea I had ever seen in my life. Because of this, Charlie spent the first few days of his life at my parents house, away from the virus as babies and young children, especially if they're less than a year old, have a greater risk of becoming dehydrated and really seriously ill.
It was a hard time, a super hard time as we couldn't go near Charlie for risk of us passing the norovirus on to him and so those days, those precious first days, we missed out on. I remember just sitting up at night, inconsolable because I couldn't be near my newborn. That bond between mother and son, between father and son and between brothers had to wait, it was almost like we had to close ourselves away until it had passed. But luckily, with the help of Dioralyte, the virus passed speedily and we got to then enjoy being a family of 4 at last!
How about your share your 'Gastro Ghouls & Noro Stories' as a comment below, sharing your own experience of a time when Norovirus or Rotavirus struck and affected various members of your family. In return for doing this, you will be entered into our fabulous competition to win a family mini break (2 adults and 2 children) to Chessington World of Adventures Resort, including centrally located hotel accommodation for one night and entry to the resort.
You should include the following:
• What gastrointestinal illness (gastro ghoul) did you/the family member suffer from?
• When did you/they get ill?
• What happened?
• How did it affect the family & in which order did it travel around the family?
• How quickly did it spread?
• Who was affected the worst?
I have included a Rafflecopter form so that I can collect your email address as you enter so it's easy to contact you if you're picked as a winner. There is also an option to tweet on the form, but as this is a judged competition, this will not get you an extra entry into the competition. You will get a big thank you from me for doing so though!
Competition closes on the 15th May 2016 at midnight.
Entries received after this time will not be valid.
Click here for all the other giveaways I have running
Competition terms and conditions:
1. This competition is open to residents of the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland.
2. All information detailing how to enter this competition forms part of these terms and conditions. It is a condition of entry that all rules are accepted as final and that the competitor agrees to abide by these rules. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions.
3. Entries should be submitted as a comment on the blog post. Entrants should also fill in the Rafflecopter form so their email address can be used if they're picked as the winner.
4. All entries must be received by the advertised closing time and date.
5. Each entrant grants a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual licence to Sanofi to feature any or all of the submitted story in consumer and trade press and Sanofi company publications, on their websites and/or in any promotional material connected to this competition.
6. Late, illegible, incomplete, defaced or corrupt entries will not be accepted. No responsibility can be accepted for lost entries and proof of transmission will not be accepted as proof of receipt. Entries must not be sent through agencies or third parties.
7. The winning entry will be chosen by Pegasus. The winner will be notified within seven days of the closing date of the competition.
8. Offensive or entries deemed by the competition organisers to be inappropriate will not be accepted.
9. The winning entry will win an experience with a perceived value of £560.
10. The winners may be required to take part in publicity.
11. Events may occur that render the competition itself, or the awarding of the prize, impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the Promoter and accordingly the Promoter may at its absolute discretion vary or amend the promotion and the entrant agrees that no liability shall attach to the Promoter as a result thereof.
12. English law applies and the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts shall prevail.
This competition prize is provided by Dioralyte as part of their Gastro Ghouls & Noro Stories campaign. Dioralyte has not influenced the content of this piece.To find out more about Dioralyte, Dioralyte Relief and DioraleZe products visit www.dioralyte.co.uk - Always read the label