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Any tips on how to get rid of the stomach virus? I have 4 children and have bought out the store in lysol and bleach, and still the virus lives. This also includes hand sanitizer?

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Asked by hleary at 5:05 PM on Jan. 30, 2010 in Health

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  • Open the windows and air out the house. Make sure you are sanitizing the toilet flush handle, the faucet handles, door knobs, light switches- things you don't think of usually. A friend soaks her toothbrush in peroxide when she is sick. Use separate tubes of toothpaste. maybe new toothbrushes.

    Answer by Bmat at 5:07 PM on Jan. 30, 2010

  • Throw away their pillows. Make sure you have washed all of the bed linens; turn the mattresss (if they aren't in a mattress cover/bag); if you haven't mop the floor with bleach (if you can), and spray the carpet with lysol. The pillows are the big thing. You may have washed the sheets and all, but the pillows themselves don't get anything.

    Answer by jesse123456 at 5:10 PM on Jan. 30, 2010

  • Once you have the virus it has to run its course and then it will die. It can't live long on surfaces so what you have is fine. It will go away soon.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:11 PM on Jan. 30, 2010

  • You definitely need new toothbrushes, put all the toys in the bathtub with some bleach. Wash all backpacks, blankets and other bedding in either bleach or color safe bleach. Also burning candles will help rid the air of bacteria and you definitely want to get some air sanitizer like oust. Also most stomach viruses are referred to as the well umm A** to mouth disease. Supervise each child while washing hands after using the rest room.Sometimes bacteria and viruses live on the pump of the soap or if you are using a bar chunk it. there is a new automatic soap dispenser that you can get for your house it think its like 5-10 dollars. Also disinfect your refrigerator and throw out bad foods. Also cell phones, microwaves, remotes, keys and even the couch disinfect.

    Answer by tab1023 at 5:16 PM on Jan. 30, 2010

  • Oh and shoes too try washing those along with your purse, carseats, seat belts, stearing wheel door handles, radio school supplies. Also i know this is ounding a bit much but if you were rings or your kids wear rings a lot of times just washing your hands doesnt do it. Diam ond rings and long fingernails and fake nails are bacteria/virus breeding grounds. About the pillows some pillows wash better than others. Try washing two at a time but with bleach and detergent.

    Answer by tab1023 at 5:21 PM on Jan. 30, 2010

  • Contrary to what Jesse123456 says, you do NOT need to throw away the pillows. The virus dies after a certain amount of time AND the pillows are washable. There's also Lysol.

    Generally, once you've had the virus you won't get the same strand again. So this "strand" should work it's way through your family and be gone. Until you pick up a new virus.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:24 PM on Jan. 30, 2010

  • If you have 4 kids it's probably going to spread through them like wildfire so it may take a few weeks once everyone is done catching it. The most important measure is making sure whoever has the virus is washing their hands very well and that the toilet is clean etc...If the person who is sick is sharing a toilet, sink's going to spread. Handwashing after the bathroom is key though because fecal matter is how a lot of these viruses are spread.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:12 PM on Jan. 30, 2010

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