12 April 2016

Ghastly Gastro Ghouls & Noro Stories

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.

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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.

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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!


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92 comments:

  1. 4 years ago my youngest boy became ill with a viral gastroenteritis. He woke himself up by being sick in his bed and screaming, he had just turned 1. My husband and me were up all night with him as he was so upset and poorly. The next day, my daughter Melody and myself caught it. Melody was 3. My husband had to come home to care for the 3 of us and my eldest son managed to get to school. Melody seemed to be the poorliest of us all. She slept more though so that was a saving grace. The house was full of ill people and it smelt so bad, I felt terrible but I was so happy my 9 year old son hadn’t caught it as he was due to turn 10 5 days later and I had saved up for him to do a zookeeper experience for his birthday. As the week wore on, the 3 poorly people gradually picked up and it was looking good for my son’s 10th birthday. Disaster struck and the night before Conor’s 10 birthday he began to get sick, he was so ill he couldn’t make it to the bathroom and we were back to cleaning up sick! I never told him about the zookeeper experience so at least he wasn’t disappointed about that. We never managed to reorganise it as it had been a Groupon type offer. I really felt for him and had been so sure he had managed to avoid it!! That week was hellish and our house smelt far worse than mucking out at the zoo would have!

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  2. 6 years ago when my son was only 14 months old, our house hold was stuck down with the noro virus. My self, my husband our daughter who was 12 at the time and the baby were so ill i actually thouught i was going to die! The baby had diarrhea so bad we ended up just laying him on a towel as nappies werent lasting 5 minutes. I remeber crawling on my hands and knees to the toilet and being so sick i thought my insides were coming out. I could hear my husband and daughter getting up and thinking thank god someone to help me but unfortunatley they were both ill as well. We had my daughter sitting over the bath going toilet down the drain with a bowl on her knees to catch the sick,my husband cowering in a corner shaking and sweating so much and me sighlenty begging for someone to save us! What a sight we were. My mother in law travelled over 100miles to look after us, the baby eneded up at A&E with severe dehydration and the rest us of slowly got better over the course of the week. We still refer to it as the worst week of our lifes,i wouldnt wish it on anyone!

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  3. Having a cupboard full of remedies is something every parent should have. We have the usual Calpol and Ibrupofen. Perhaps I should add those on my list too? :) Dean of Little Steps

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  4. Touch wood .. none of us have been sick with any gastrointestinal illness. We've had chickenpox and a few colds but nothing that requires a mop and bucket. Doesn't stop me being prepared though - I have a cupboard full of 'just incase' medicine. I remember being poorly when I was 10 and missing a friends birthday party - but since being an adult I've been dandy ( apart from some self inflicted 'sickeness' that seems to arrive every few months after a good night out!).

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  5. my son got really ill a couple of years ago but ate tea normally - tomato soup! it came out running down his legs at bedtime looking the same as it went in but smelling a lot worse!

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  6. Poor you not being able to go near your newborn, that can't have been easy for you all. We have a cupboard of remedies ready for when my girls get poorly. x

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  7. We all had it just after christmas, it was awfull especially with it being one after the other, the smell lingers so bad. I bought dettol spray and sprayed everywhere in the hope of eliminating it.

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  8. Poorly children must be horrible. Such a good idea to keep these on hands x

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  9. I had it really bad in turkey once. This cleared up straight away. Luckily my daughter hasn't had it yet x

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  10. Poor kiddies!!! I've never had such experience (touch wood!)

    Oliver • http://suedeandsymphony.com

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  11. We've been lucky enough not to ever really have problems with stomach bugs. What an awful time for you to be affected by one, It must have been a nightmare for you x

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  12. I actually need to stock up on some of the dioraylite it is meant to be good for sickness. It might replace some of the salts I have lost.

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  13. This looks like a really handy medicine to keep around just in case. Thanks for teaching me all about it - I had no idea this existed!

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  14. My daughter got gastroenteritis (or some sort of bacterial infection that had similar effects) when she was 2 and it rapidly went downhill, she suffered febrile convulsions with the fever and lost consciousness. We rushed her to hospital where she was in intensive care. I never knew it could get so bad. She came home after 4 days and I was so so grateful to the doctors and nurses who saved her.
    It was terrifying. I was told that the Dioralyte I'd given her before she went to hospital really saved her from dehydration. So thank you Dioralyte!

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  15. Last year we had just returned from holiday from Menorca at the end of the school holidays, well my son missed the first two days back at school because this holiday was a lot cheaper. So the first day he was due to go back to school he said he wasn't feeling very well, I just thought he didn't want go as it was first day back so I took him and my youngest to preschool anyway. Within an hour I had a phone call from preschool saying my little boy had messed himself and was now refusing to get off the toilet. I quickly went and collected him, he looked so unwell and upset about what he had done, bless him. I got him home and just finished bathing him when I got a phone call from the school saying my oldest boy had been sick all over the classroom floor and was to collect him immediately! So off me and my youngest went to collect him, I prayed my youngest wouldn't have any accidents while doing so, luckily we all go home but within an hour they both were being sick and had diarrhoea. The next day guess what I felt terrible had such bad stomach pains I had to get my husband to take the day off which he hates but I had it too now. My two kids had to have the whole week off but thanks to Dioralyte and lots of ice lollies we felt better after the third day. My husband got away with it as usual, he says its because he's from Scotland and I am a country girl. My little boy was affected the most and took him a while to realise he could control him bowel movements again without worrying.

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  16. we have had a few bugs go through the house thankfully touch wood nothing really terrible. im just thankful now we have an upstairs and downstairs toilet, just in case. being poorly is horrible especially if you are a child

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  17. when my son was one week old ( he is 19 months now, so 19 months ago) his then 14 month old sister became ill with a sickness and diarrhoea bug, a few hours later are teen become ill. Then during the night I became ill and then a few hours later my other half. The only one not effected was the baby , thankfully. We were all so ill I have honestly never felt so bad and all I wanted to do was sleep but we had a newborn and a one year old and teen to look after who kept being sick everywhere as did myself and my partner. I could not believe how fast it spread around are whole family as every few hours another one of us was becoming ill, we were dropping like flies as they say. I remember being really upset as we had booked are sons newborn photoshoot and we had to ring up and cancel as we were all just so ill. Thankfully we started to recover after 24 hours but my poor youngest daughter was ill for days and lost so much weight, she always seems to be hit the worse when any of us get ill. I am just keeping my fingers tightly crossed nothing like this ever happens again as it was awful xx

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  18. The Christmas before last my niece caught Norovirus from Nursery. It quickly spread throughout the whole family just before Christmas.
    Our Extended family had come to stay and it wasn't long before they were affected too !
    Christmas Dinner had to be thrown in the bin, and much misery ensued as we all argued between bouts of sickness and diarrhoea ! My partner tried to bring some jollity to the proceedings by wearing a Santa hat - unfortunately that ended up in the toilet !

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  19. At just over 12 months old my little girl started with the d and v...closely followed by her twin brother. The next day I felt awful, shivering wrapped up in many layers but could not rest up with two poorly babies to care for, but when the running to the toilet for me started I had to call my husband home from work! He took over baby clean up duty till he got struck down the next day...by then the twins were better so he could luxuriate in the illness! He would claim he had it worse...but he was fortunate in that he only had to look after himself when he had it!

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  20. when my daughter was 14 she had terrible stomach pains, and feeling of throwing up too. This went on at a time when others were having the Noro sickness bug. So doctors confused her illness with the Noro sickness. However, it turned out to be appendicitis, and took a while for doctors to diagnose !

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  21. IT started with me I'm sure it was some prawns I ate I was ill for a week and so weak afterwards for a couple of weeks after

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  22. My daughter suffers from cyclical vomiting and a bout can be brought on by anxiety. Her last occurence was on a school residential trip to Dorset, she vomited for 12 hours and missed the first day of fun completely!

    Luckily the school called for advice and I had packed a sachet of dioralyte to help rehydrate her. As it helps correct imbalances, it often stops the vomiting in its tracks. So we always carry some.


    Thankfully it worked like a charm and she was absolutely fine and bouncing the next day :)

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  23. my hubby had campala bacta and was terribly ill for some time to the point he had to stay in bed and not get in contact with our 2 younger children incase he spread what he had.constantly washing hands and using his own towel as at the time our daughter was just 4 and in first year at school so was important for her not to get anything that bad and then spread it amongst other children.we do have lots of medicines in our box in the cupboard for illnesses as you just never know if and when kids or adults are going to be very poorly.thankfully hubby had a great recovery after almost a week in bed and luckily our kids were not infected at all

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  24. My husband developed gastro-entiritis when our daughter was about 18 months old. It didn't affect us at first but my daughter began to stop eating and drinking. I took her to hospital but they stated she was just having a couple of bad days and would be ok. I took her home and within 15 minutes she was fitting on the floor and stopped breathing. As my husband was ill in bed, I rushed to the neighbour with a blue child and bashed on the door. They helped me resuscitate and I had to call an ambulance and she was admitted to hospital and put on a drip. We were in hospital for a week until she was better. Luckily she survived but it could have been a lot worse.

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  25. I am rather lucky that the kids have never had a gastro virus - my oldest being 11!! Myself however was another story....so to set the scene ..... my Grandad is in hospital (luckily) recovering from a super bad bout of pneumonia...a 2 month  (so far at that time) attempt to recover and he is finally conscious enough to watch TV....get a TV card and find that his TV is broken....ask a nurse, they're rushed off their feet and advise me to go to another TV and ring an engineer. My Grandad is in a private room so I venture into the next bay, use the nearest TV phone, 2 minutes in and out,.....apparently 2 minutes is enough to catch the Neurovirus that's passing round the bay that the nurses didn't mention to me 😮😱
    So next day...apparently round 18 hours later, back at the hospital is my Grandads room, feel a bit iffy...get hot and tired and shaky....think it's just tiredness catching up on me as he was in a critical condition previously and I was spending 12-14 hours a day with him, I make my excuses and leave. The journey home is a blur....most of the next few days are too!! I remember being at home, I must have slept the day away but that night I vividly remember sitting on the toilet sideways with diahorrea so that I could be sick into the sink at the same time!!! The cramps were terrible and I told my partner that if I didn't know any better I would say I was in labour as they had the same frequency and strength as a contraction! I was rolling around the bed in that much pain that my partner was seriously considering calling an ambulance!! This lasted for 3 days, gradually easing until the 4th day i felt strong enough to venture out...only then I realised that although my tummy and head felt better, my body wasn't, I felt jittery and shaky and everything seemed to take an age, it was like I couldn't function! It took another few days before I finally got over it!
    Luckily enough it didn't spread to any of the others in the house, either they have a super defence system or they were giving me a very wide berth as they know that I'm a terrible 'patient' 😂😮
    I am still amazed at how fast I picked it up and the effect that it had on me! Fingers and toes crossed I haven't had it since and hopefully will never have it again!!

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  26. lucky only mild illness kids got

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  27. Our family of 3 all suffered with rotavirus couple of weeks ago. Out of a blue my little girl started to behave weird, crying for no reason, I didn’t know what to think until the vomiting saga started. We went for a walk in the garden and she became sick all over me, we came home to clean up and she vomited again. I’ve lost count how many sheets, clothes I have washed. At the end of the day we had to walk in a nappy and pants and bra. She was off the food but kept water which was great. In the evening she seemed slightly better until we all woke up at night as she was sick. None of us could see where she vomited and we couldn’t fill it either so once she was calm we fell asleep. The next day my husband texted me to say that he is sick as well and coming home, later that day I fell ill as well. It lasted 3-4 days. Seems like the worst thing that can happen when none of you have any strength but for you little one who have to pull yourself from bed and carry on as normal.

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  28. On the last day of a holiday in Norfolk I became ill. We were travelling home by car so the kids sand bucket came in the car with me. It was a nightmare, the traffic was heaving, the air conditioning wasn't working & the sick just kept on coming. I had to swap places with one of the kids and sit in the back in the end. Luckily nobody caught it off me despite being trapped in the car with me for 3 hours

    Kelly Ellen Hirst

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  29. 6 years ago we came back from a fabulous family holiday in Alcudia where we had a lovely holiday until the journey home things started going terribly wrong .. and believe me there is nothing worse than illness on a plane!
    Luckily it was myself and my husband who came down with it first with horrendous stomach pains, sickness and diarrhea and an awful egg aftertaste!!
    we were so bad we had to get my parents to help with the boys and were constantly drinking diorhalite to keep our selfs hydrated!!
    After a visit to the doctors we were contacted by the environmental health due to the diagnosis of cryptospiridium!! which we had never even heard of before but were quizzed about our every action ..what we had eaten where we had been,restaurants we had visited and everything in between!!
    our condition continued for around 3 weeks barely keeping anything contained in our stomachs in that period and our eldest boy went on to show very mild symptoms.
    I cant remember the exact conclusion as to where it had come from but they believed it to be either from withing the hotel pool or unwashed lettuce but a full enquiry had to be made.. but believe me it was a horrendous gastro ghoul one unfortunately that stays within your system for a period afterwards and reoccurs with no warning!

    As if this were not bad enough after much saving our next holiday the following year was to center parks (where we felt safe!) but couldn't believe our eyes on reading a notice to the pool saying anyone who had had cryptospiridium within a certain period of time could not enter the pool!! so that was that holiday also down the pan due to our gastro ghoul!!!

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  30. I was misdiagnosed with gastroenteritis. Turned out I had gallstones.

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  31. My son started school last year and picks up most bugs - usually picked up from school or visits to soft play - if people kept kids at home or washed their hands they wouldn't,t spread as much ! We have to be careful as my partner suffers from crohns . I usually tend to end up with it a few days after my son . The last time I had it I went to the local hotel pool and it smelled of drains - so I'll for 24 hours afterwards .

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  32. ive always had stomach probles not very nice to be ill

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  33. Never forget the time when my daughter was only 18 months old, she had been sick in the night but hadn't woken herself or me, the first I knew was when I went into her in the morning, and the poor mite was covered in sick, then the other end started, eventually my other daughter and myself then caught it to, :(

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  34. This is an absolute must whenever we leave the country, one of the first things packed.

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  35. i remember when my daughter was 6 weeks old and had severe projectile vomiting and admitted to our local hospital, she ended up going to another hospital a far few miles from where we lived to have an operation so i had to go and stay with her. i was lucky that the lovely nursing staff were so kind and got me allocated a room so i had somewhere to sleep but we ended up staying a few more day whilst waiting for my partner to drive up and collect us as he and my other children ended up with all getting a vomiting and diarrhoea from the local hospital so we couldn’t go home but they did cope well on their own thankfully

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  36. When my little one was a baby we all come down with a bug I was ill for well over a week , I can remember laying in bed and my son who was a toddler pooing on the floor and then slipping in it as the was laminated. I was thinking are we all going to get better soon as it was dragging on for what felt like forever . There was plenty of Dioralyte to hand thanks to my mother in law helping out , I can't remember who got it first we all seemed to get it at the same time.

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  37. Daughter had it on holiday...we couldn't wait to get home

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  38. My husband, me and our youngest all had roto virus at the same time. Never been so ill in my life. Our eldest who was only 7 was the only one who didn't get it and she looked after us all (along with her grandad).I remember laying on the couch with my sick bucket crying, thinking I couldn't take it anymore lol! My daughter was stroking my ahead. She was such an angel. My youngest had to sleep upright in her pram as she was throwing up in her sleep. It was awful.

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  39. We had decided to take a surprise trip to Spain to see my sister (who lives there) for her birthday. It was myself and my husband travelling, as well as my mother. My mum was staying at my sister's flat with her family, and my husband and I were staying in a nearby b&b. On the day before we were all due to fly home, my mum became ill with the Norovirus and was in a really bad way. I was worried she might not be able to travel and we had to start looking at alternative travel arrangements. Thankfully she started to feel a bit better the morning of our flight, so we made the decision to keep to the original evening flight so that she could get home and rest. At the airport however, both me and my husband started to feel really, really sick. We somehow managed to get through the wait at the airport and the short flight, but my poor hubby had to drive us from the airport to home with waves of nausea hitting him. Trying to convince ourselves it wasn't the same illness, we went to bed and hoped it would go away. It didn't! I woke up vomitting over myself. The worst of it was that I was also 6 months pregnant with our first child, and so my bladder was already pretty weak. Well you can imagine what the violent vomitting did to me! My hubby just about managed to bring me a glass of water in the bathroom when he began being sick too. We had to take it in turns on the toilet, and it wasn't a pretty sight! I was definitely the worse off because of the pregnancy, but thankfully baby was well protected. I still can't believe how quickly the Norovirus spread, and we are definitely more diligent with wiping down surfaces if we think there is even the slightest possibility of catching something. It was honestly the worst experience with illness that we've ever had, and I hope we can avoid it next time!

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  41. I remember our experience with Norovirus as a family well, unfortunately. In between Christmas and the new year 3 years ago my son became unwell. We assumed it was just over indulging on yule log and other seasonal delights and when he improved we continued to visit the extended family for festive celebrations. However, the following day I became severely ill with sickness and diarrhoea, my daughter became ill and then my partner became ill. I was so thankful for having two bathrooms as we literally sat on the loo with our heads in the sinks for hours! I also had callS from my aunts and uncles to say that they were unwell too along with my cousins and gran and I felt unbelievably guilty that we had passed the germs on to everyone else x

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  42. Me and my family all managed to get gastroenteritis the first week we were in Egypt, luckily by the second week it had all cleared up and we could enjoy our holiday, however not nice being in an extremely hot country when ill, it just makes you feel worse! We were told not to drink tap water as this is a big cause of the illness, but we didnt knowingly. It started with my dad and spread around the whole family within a few days, not a nice surprise! Especially when youre spending a whole week in the bathroom! - Although we did lose a lot of weight. We unfortunately were all affected a similar amount, but the local pharmacy was more than helpful, and it was gone in no time! Must of been the weak tourist belly!

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  43. Kirsty Bottomley8 May 2016 at 18:09

    My youngest son Got norovirus a couple of weeks ago. It started off with him complaint of belly ache and that the sun light hurt his eyes. He wanted to go feed the ducks with his grandma as he had stayed there the previous night so we went and bought him some sunglasses (he was chuffed to bits) I had a charity event where I was doing a food and sweet stall. He fed the ducks ad seemed OK so mum brought him up to see me and see how things were going. My son was in high spirits and telling me all about the ducks and swans and what he had been upto. Then out of no where he projectile vomited all over the stall. I could not believe it, both me and my mum were bright red. All the food was ruined and we just saved the sweets. My mum quickly took my son back to her house whilst I cleaned up and apologised to the organisers of the event. As soon as I had cleaned up I went to collect my mum only to find him in a terrible state. He had thrown up 3 more times and had diarrhea. The poor little mite just kept crying I was devastated I couldn't help him. Diorlyte was a God send as he would only drink fruit juice and wouldn't eat anything. It lasted three days for him and there is nothing worse than your child being ill and not being able to do anything about it. Thankfully the rest of us didn't get it this time so fingers crossed it stays at bay.

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  44. My eldest suffered gastroenteritis when we were in Egypt one year, she was the only one affected and was hospitalised for a night where they rehydrated her giving her seven IV bags of fluid! This was her first experience of it 'coming out of both ends' We were flying home the next evening so we needed her better asap and they were very good as was our Argos insurance.

    It was what happened next that affected our daughter forever.

    She was given a sickness pill so she could make the journey to the airport and the flight comfortably, we went for a light lunch where she took said pill. Within 15 mins she started to look spaced which I thought was just as some pills do make you feel floaty. We got on the bus to the airport, her eyes started to involuntary look upwards all the time..we started to look at each other, worried. Once in the airport we headed for coffee and a snack and whilst I was paying for the food I noticed the cashier was looking behind me at my husband and daughter all the time. I joined them to find my daughter's head pushed to one side, as though she was trying to look up as high as possible and turn her head as far round at the same time!! She tried to bring it down, it pushed back up again, she said the pain was excruciating in the back of her neck.

    'Give me the leaflet' I yelled, and sure enough in the RARE reactions it said "may cause involuntary head and neck movements in children - seek immediate medical attention" We found out later this is called an Oculogyric Crisis, a rare reaction rarely witnessed by doctors.

    We panicked, we really did, I saw the words 'cervical spine' and 'respiratory distress' We asked for a doctor and they took us to him. He was remarkably calm and amused that we all came in too!!!!!!! He gave her a vitamin K injection in her bum and a muscle relaxant, it did nothing. My husband by this time was a complete wreck, I'm talking curled up in a ball on the floor sobbing wreck until I'd had enough and told him to pull himself together, he was frightening our youngest.

    Our plane was called for boarding and we decided to try and just get on. People stared at her as we were fussing over her and her upper body was sort of wobbling like convulsions but she remained aware that people were staring. To this day I don't know how we got her on that flight, a friend told me that if she'd been spotted by the crew we wouldn't have got on!

    It took four hours for that sickness pill to wear off and when she got off the plane she was completely back to normal, except for the pain in her neck. But it changed her forever, she's afraid to travel, she has panic attacks and suffers from stress, we've sent her to CHUMS and it's helped a bit but she feels sick daily. We've also just discovered that she may have intestinal problems now which are causing all her nausea so we are currently battling to get that sorted.

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  45. • What gastrointestinal illness (gastro ghoul) did you/the family member suffer from?
    Last year my son had awful projectile vomiting, all over his bed, the walls, the carpet! A lot of disinfecting was needed. Within 24 hours I had terrible stomach cramps and did not stray far from the bathroom for a few days!

    My son seemed to recover quickly with rest and fluids but I still didn't feel much like eating properly for about a week and had a very sore stomach.


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  46. Last year just before christmas my just turned one year old and my husband came down with an awful gastro illness ( vomiting bug) . It affected us as my husband was unable to do much to help me with Blake as he was constantly vomiting. They were both unable to eat or drink anything Blake was also unable to Dr in water. They got better after 2 days and then I caught it and spent the day on the 23rd and 24th December on the loo with stomach pains and also vomiting. I was unable to eat, drink or do much at all and I was unable to enjoy the Christmas food on Christmas day as I still didn't have my appetite back.

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  47. When my daughter was 9 months old about four years ago she contracted a sickness and diarrhoea bug while We were visiting my sister for a week and the poor girl couldn't keep anything down and she became so dehydrated her soft spot on her head sunk in we had to take her to hospital, we were worried sick but my sister looked after my other two children while I took her in. They sent us home saying if she's no better by morning bring her back.
    My sister had herd of Dioralyte and sent us out to go and get some,we managed to feed her little bits through out the nigh and by morning she had started to rehydrate so a hospital stay was avoided.
    No one else contracted this illness but it ruined our stay at my sisters and some of her sheets ...ops

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  48. We had it very badly in turkey on holiday when Eva was 7 months old. It started with me which was sickness and diarhea. By the very next day Eva had it. It was awful. We were ill for a couple of days and made worse by the fact that we were on holiday x

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  49. with 4 kids and 2 adults i hate when one gets poorly as guaranteed it goes around the rest so its stock up on cleaners

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  50. I helped out in A&E in Majors a couple of weeks ago (I am the A&E manager and not clinical but sometimes I help out as a HCA with the patients) It was very busy and there was a patient with very bad diarrhoea (94 years old) who was caked in it and I literally had to scrape it off their legs. I am not phased by this at all, and love helping out. That was the Friday evening when I worked from 7:30 am - 8:30 pm. I was on call the next morning, and had to go in for a capacity meeting at 12:30. I was sick at 11, and felt really ill but dragged myself in. I was actually so ill at work with D&V, I had to get a lift home and spent the next 4 days very ill with Norovirus. The moral of the story is DO NOT COME into A&E with D&V (unless of course you are 94 and totally unable to look after yourself. But what does annoy me is when much younger fitter people come in with it and then give it to all the staff which is what happened for weeks afterwards!

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  51. I told my husband not to eat the prawn. But he ate the prawn. We were on holiday in Malaysia and our travel rule in this part of the world is to avoid seafood unless we can see the sea. We ended up loosing some holiday days in Singapore because the poor man was ill for three days. Luckily I had some diorolyte so I fed him it by the bucket load and he got better.

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  52. Luckily my little one has never really been ill with anything but I have. The day of my wedding 😭! It was awful, I was constantly backwards and forwards to the bathroom and I couldn't eat or drink anything. Dioralyte actually came in really handy that day. It wasn't just me either, it was all three bridesmaids. Luckily there were no scenes like that actual film 🙈

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  53. My husband had Gastroenteritis once & was in bed for a few days, he had time off work. It was horrible to see him in pain like that!
    We managed to avoid it, at the time I was super healthy so was never ill & the little one was breast fed so was never ill either.
    It didn't affect us too much, we just couldn't go out all together for a while.

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  54. My husband came down with rotavirus, 2 days after I gave birth to our daughter. He was soo ill and spent the first week of his paternity leave in bed and banned from using the family bathroom. He was unable to have any contact with his newborn daughter which was heartbreaking for him. :( By some stroke of luck the rest of the family managed to avoid getting it (probably more likely to be the amount of disinfectant, bleach and antibacterial spray I got through rather than luck) I can definitely say a newborn baby, school child and poorly husband is no fun at all. Thank goodness I have a great family to run around helping us to get where we needed to be. We always have a box of dioralyte in the cupboard and is the first port of call when one of the children pick up sickness bugs from school :)

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  55. We were on a family holiday in Italy, weather breaking all records even for Italy when youngest son, about 9 at the time, started to feel ill. His diet pretty much consists of dry bread and pasta so food poisoning was unlikely but within a few hours he was throwing up every half hour, and by the evening so was I, which meant when I wasn't waking up to be sick, I was being woken up by my son. Luckily it only lasted 48 hours and other son and husband were only lightly affected, but it meant we only saw half the sites we wanted to see.

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  56. I'm based in Ireland so looks like I'm out in regards to the giveaway although I love diorlyte, always have some in the press!

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  57. My family got the norovirus a couple of years ago. my son who was 3 at the time had been at a friends birthday party all day eating tonnes of party food and sweets so when he woke in the night and called for me from the top of the stairs complaining of tummy ache I wasn't overly concerned. As I climbed up to check on him however he suddenly projectile vomited directly over me, the rest dripping down the stairs like a waterfall. I managed to get us both cleaned up and back to bed without waking the other half. I started to feel a little queasy myself and putting it down to the fact I still smelt slightly like regurgitated birthday cake I laid down in bed for a nap. I woke up a few moments later and was violently sick all over my sleeping husband. So that's how we all managed to have the worst sickness virus we have ever had, the day before we were suppose to go on a camping holiday. We were all obviously disappointed we missed our trip but I am honestly thankful we got sick before we went, imagine having it coming from both ends with no toilet in site! that tent would have been the worst place for it to strike. It was the middle of summer so I already had some dioralyte in the medicine cupboard and we spent 2 days sipping on that until it passed. We still try not to mention it often and if I am ever feeling unwell now my husband sleeps on the sofa.

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  58. Weve just had our family holiday in the UK sadly my little boy and my husband ended the holiday with sickness and diarrhea bug, son first then 24 hours after my husband. I felt a bit off, but luckily didn't suffer like them. I think they caught something from the swimming pool as they both went in but i didnt. Son was affected the worst, and he is only 2 so it was hard going being up with him all night and making sure he didnt get deydrated or be choking on vomit during the night. Lets just say i have learnt some novel ways of getting the smell out of the carpets in a holiday chalet. He didnt eat for almost 3 days and was only drinking sugary water with a tiny bit of salt added. Absolutely fine now though.


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  59. We were out for dinner at Frankie & Bennys, my 18m old daughter was sat in a highchair drinking her juice. She seemed a bit off & wasnt eating but i put it down to tiredness as she hadnt napped that day. Next thing i know, she hunches over & starts screaming in pain. I could tell she was pooing, it stunk, so I lift her out of the highchair & theres puddles of poo everywhere, even on the floor. It was all over me & she was soaked in it. It was a nightmare. I ran to the changing room with her & cleaned her up, then we cleaned our mess up as best we could, paid the bill & left swiftly. It was awful. Turns out she had a sickness & diarrhoea bug, poor baby x

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  60. A couple of years ago we went to Lanzarote. The weather was great, the hotel fab but the food not-so good. Within a day, my mum fell ill and had contracted salmonella. It spoilt the holiday somewhat as she wasn't able to enjoy it - or us, like we should've done. The on-resort medic teams told her to drink plenty of fluids and rest up. Well, that was it - a couple of thousand pounds wasted and a week - just to get salmonella!

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  61. ive never had a experience like these stories poor children! :( xx

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  62. My story is a gastro-ghoul of Christmas past! I think we've been pretty lucky with sickness bugs so far (touch wood!), but we did have one near-disaster a few years ago. We'd been for a pre-Christmas visit to my in-laws, and as the weather wasn't great spent the day before we went home at a local soft play centre. Obviously we picked up a bug there. Thankfully the long train journey home was uneventful. Although I wasn't feeling 100%, I just put it down to a tiring trip. By the time we got back I was definitely feeling rough, and so was my older daughter, aged 4. She went to bed, and I was just watching a news item about the Norovirus epidemic that was happening at the time, when she reappeared looking very green and told us that she'd been sick all over her bed and herself. Not long after clearing up I was sick too! Luckily, with a lot of handwashing and good hygiene, we managed to contain it and my husband and younger daughter escaped unscathed. We'd just about recovered in time for Christmas day, but turkey and all the trimmings didn't appeal that year!

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  63. I have no stories to share but l have learned a lot from others stories.

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  64. 2 weeks ago we arrived in Lanzarote on our holidays. A matter of hours after we had checked in my 1 year old son started being sick. I've never seen so much sick :( Two days later his dad caught it. His wasn't as bad as my sons. It really put a dampener on the holiday as we didn't dare eat out in case of a sick attack! 2 days before we were due to come home they were both back to normal. Some holiday!!

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  65. I think myself and my family are really lucky as we have never been ill like this but it's very scary to read about

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  66. When my son was just 8 months he caught rotavirus. The doctor said that he had probably caught it from a dirty table in a restaurant where we had eaten a few days before he was ill. He was extremely poorly and got so badly dehydrated that he was hospitalised for 5 days. It was very scary as at the time (until they had tested his stools) we didn't know what it was and due to the pain that he was in the doctor thought he had a twisted colon. It has made me really careful when I go out and I always ensure that I have dettol wipes to clean any surfaces where we eat and hand sanitiser should there not be anywhere to wash our hands. For a good few years after this episode he suffered regularly with his tummy where it had become so weak and prone to infection. Am happy to say now though at nearly 9 he is perfectly fine.

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  67. Both my son & I got Noro Virus about 3 years ago when it was particularly virulent!
    He was vomiting whilst I was getting painful stomach cramps (almost like contractions!) and sand-coloured diarrhoea!
    It went from my son (who was 2) to me, to my husband...and then my poor mum who had come to look after my son whilst I was on a work course!
    It spread to us all within about a 4 day span! I got it the worst as I was simultaneously in pain & on the toilet whilst having to clean up toddler vomit & wash sheets/towels!

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  68. So great to have a product that the children enjoy, certainly helps them recover and removes my stress

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  69. Gosh, I don't have any stories to share in this category, but it was an interesting read none the less. Thanks for the competition.

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  70. My child has never had any bad sickness bugs. Nothing worse than the look of help on a little child's face when they feel so sick and there's nothing you can do about it.

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  71. I ended up very sick with this while 38 weeks pregnant, it ended up starting my contractions off as well as making my stomach contract too making me sick everytime, ended up being blue lighted to the hospital where I was put on a drip to keep me hydrated and anti sickness drugs to help ease the sickness, lucky I didn't go into full labour that day and babba held on until the Saturday when I was feeling very slightly more human, so horrid experience being so I'll and pregnant at the same time. Xxx

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  72. We all had the Noro virus a few years ago donated from the Mother in law. I was pretty much in bed for 2 days solid & couldn't eat properly for about a week after.

    I only had the one Daughter at the time and somehow she managed to avoid it but as soon as Mummy was feeling better Daddy got struck down too!

    I found that it kicked in pretty quickly, so within 24 hours - a couple of my friends that I had seen recently ended up with it too!

    I was very sick & had really bad tummy cramps and spells of dizziness.

    I think I got the worst dose, but I was just pleased that my little one had managed to avoid it.

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  73. My daughter was struck down by the rotavirus when she was 2 and it ended in a hospital stay. She was very poorly not eating or drinking when she was admitted to the ward. She was put on fluids to get her rehydrated. It was worrying as she was just sleeping all the time pale and not eating. The staff in the hospital were fantastic and we were given a single room to stop the virus spreading in the ward and I was allowed to stay with her overnight. We have no ideal how she caught it and no one else in the family was affected but she recovered after a few days. It was a worrying time for us.

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  74. When my twins were 3 months old they caught a bug as soon as I changed one disgusting nappy the other twin vomited across the living room I spent days running in circles

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  75. Caroline Cordery15 May 2016 at 11:17

    Strangely it wan't one of the children who got it first for us, but myself. I got gastroenteritis when I'd had a week of being very involved in baby and toddler activities so I don't know where exactly it came from but it was one of those times when people said 'there's something going around', which i usually ignore. After a night of D and V, my partner got it as well, then the younger child (2). The older child (then 5) did not get it, luckily, as she doesn't bear up well under illnesses. It was a good thing that one adult was always well enough to do the looking after. The kids always washed their hands better after this episode and we did use diarolyte as well.

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  76. So far my family has been fortunate enough not to suffer but we have a medicine cabinet well stocked just in case!

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  77. Just before Christmas a couple of years ago a sickness bug struck the majority of the extended family. My sister's family had it first - a week before Christmas - luckily she had already done her Christmas shopping! Some of this time I had looked after my niece and nephew which meant that I spread into my household also. Luckily my son and I escaped but my husband caught it meaning I had to complete the remaining Christmas chores by myself. Also my husband does not do 'ill' well so it was a very stressful few days and my son kept asking why Daddy was like Mr Scrooge. I spent most of the time disinfecting door handles and my sons hands paranoid about falling ill over Christmas. My parents were hosting Christmas dinner that year and unfortunately on Christmas Eve my mother fell ill. My mother insisted that we still all went round and we clubbed together to cook the dinner - surprisingly it was editable and we had a great time. It was the gastroenteritis Christmas we were not expecting and hope Santa never brings again!!!

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  78. our entire family had Norovirus once a few years back.
    I think we caught it from a relative in hospital. I had it first, then my young son which was scary because he was only 10 months old, kept being sick and we had to stay awake all night in case he vomited and chocked, then my husband got it. there was about 24 hours between us. so luckily ( or not) my husband looked after me and our son, I looked after our son and then my husband fell ill last. took a good week to really get over it. luckily my son didn't get too dehydrated but had to see GP for a check up etc.
    I would not wish this on my worst enemy. simply stay away if you know of anyone with it.

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  79. I was a bridesmaid at my friends wedding when i caught the lurgy.
    The spirit was willing, but the body just couldnt do it.
    I had to hand the position over too my sister, who is the same build as me.
    So, I missed the whole thing.
    But, the day went without a hitch - well apart from the bridal couple actually getting hitched xx

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  80. I have only calpol at home and that's it. I need to get more different medicine from chemist this week to be safe.

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  81. I've been ill myself once before and such remedies were my saviour to a hood recovery

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  82. When my first child was 6 months old we were on holiday in dublin and on the first day we went into hotel swimming pool within an hour or two my little one was throwing up constantly couldnt even keep water down he was so bad we spent the whole 3 days in dublins childrens hospital where he was on a drip. Worst holiday ever and when we got home he had to go back into hospital again. thankfully me and my husband didn't get it.

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  83. I was struck with gastroenteritis several years ago on the evening before my daughters birthday. My partner called me an ambulance and after 8 hours of my having constant diarrhoea and sickness to the point where I could hardly catch my breath the paramedics finally arrived when it was almost over and took me to hospital where I had to stay all the next day causing me sadly to miss my daughters birthday. Fortunately the rest of my family were not affected but my kind mum had to come to look after me for three days because I was so week and tired that I could hardly move and just slept till I recovered. I then found out that several people in the tower block where I live had also had these awful symptoms and had to go to hospital and it was believed that the stagnant water that had built up in the basement of our flats due to blocked drains had been responsible, and this had been reported to the council. I think I must have pushed my children's buggy through this dirty water and got in on my hands and into my mouth when I folded it down. The council unblocked the drains soon after and I haven't suffered any stomach troubles since.

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  84. We had the sickness (not sure exactly what it was) spread through the family (starting with kids and moving onto the adults) with one ill after the other - so difficult with kids and when you are ill yourself. It really knocked us around and took us several days to recover from. My son lost quite a lot of weight and he is very thin anyway.

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  85. I think we've had more than our fair share of sickness bugs unfortunately! My son was one and had been happily tucking into strawberries all afternoon. He started being sick just after we put him to bed and we were so worried we brought him into our room. He woke up every hour to be sick and the strawberry(ish) smell was disgusting. I wondered if he was allergic to stawberries... Until I started to be ill myself about two in the morning. It was relentless beyween the two of us. He ran out of clean bedding. Then about 8am my partner started being ill... Followed a few hours later by my then 11 year old who HATES the sensation of being sick. Everyone was at a low ebb with no one to look after us. This was just the sort of time that we were pleased to have Dioralyte in the house. Mostly to get ourselves back to strength so that we could focus on the kids. Water alone is not enough and we really couldn't face food - especially strawberries!

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  86. My 8 month old Samuel had a new toy called a jumperoo. He would sit in it for hours bouncing around-it was a god send as meant I could get on and do some jobs. After bouncing over enthusiastically he had a number 2 and it leaked all down his leg. Not only that he proceeded to BOUNCE it all into my cream carpet! (I have video evidence!)

    When it occurred a second time and a very grumpy baby followed I realized something was wrong-I was no longer concerned with just the cream carpet! Samuel was diagnoised with gastroenteritis, luckily it didn't spread round the family-we just had a very grumpy stinky boy!

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  87. We went on holiday to malta 4 year ago and on the last night mt husband had a tummy ache and i thought nothing of it, the next thing i know he was in the toilet making all sorts of scary noises. he came out and i got him some water an a duvet the next morning the same thing happened to me and my son, the worst things was we were travelly home that day and i dont know how we got through it! we had some diocalms and plenty of water but we all had the sweats and the runs and had to spned the day running to the nearest loo.

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  88. I had had to use this for my family when we visited Dominican Republic had terrible upset stomachs and would recommend taking these If your heading that way this year

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  89. Luckily it's never happened in my family but dreading when it does :-/

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  90. Oh my god these stories are awful!! I have been ill with 24 hour bugs but touch wood nothing too bad

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  91. My wife volunteers at a complex for the elderly in our town. She was told to be aware of a norovirus spreading round the residents. The next day she was feeling really run down, so I took our 3 kids out to Great Yarmouth for the afternoon (about 40 mins from our house) so she could get some well deserved rest. Whilst in Great Yarmouth, I began to feel ill. I had no choice but to head for home & hope that I could make it! I got within 2 miles of home & I had to pull the car over to be sick. As we pulled into our driveway, I was sick again, making a right mess of the car! The kids ran in screaming! By nightfall, they were all ill too. The virus had spread round us all within a matter of hours. My son, who was 7 at the time, got the worst of it. It seemed to take weeks for him to recover. We had to take him to our GP and even now, he gets every stomach bug imaginable! The whole episode has made one of my daughters really paranoid of germs, almost to the point of OCD!

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  92. I went on a day trip to France. I felt sick all the way to the ferry, was told it was probably just car sickness. Then "travel sickness" on the boat. Threw up all over the floor of the boat (poor cleaners) and then later in the day, I soiled myself. I was 10 years old, I was in the middle of a supermarket in France and I burst into tears. My mum had to buy me new underwear and I had to endure a very bumpy boat trip home!! My Mum never got it so it never spread but it was awful x

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