Posted by: Shelley | 2013-01-14

stomach bug re-infection?

Hi doc

I had a stomach bug (watery runs and nausea) for 2 days, 3rd day tummy did not run at all.

Day 4 My one year old son started presenting with a runny tummy now, very little bits, not really like I had and now I seem to have it again, though at the moment not as bad as it was.

Have I been re-infected? I washed all the bedding and towels, used dettol to disinfect the taps and the toilet handle. I ran boiling water over my toothbrush. I wash my hands thorougly after using the loo and changing nappies and I put the nappy in a bag before putting it in the bin.

Also my husband had this bug for only 1 day - but when I get bugs it always lasts 3 days or more! I do have panic attacks so Im not sure if this contributes?

What can I do to prevent re-infection? How can I get well again - I need to go back to work tomorrow and my son needs to go back to creche!

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It is possible that your husband, your son and yourself were infected by the same virus and it is not uncommon to be re-infected. You have taken all precautionary measures to prevent re-infection and all I can suggest is to frequently wash your hands and to avoid touching your face. Your body will become resistant and I do not think that you should be worried about re-infection.


Dr Anrich

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