Viral gastrointestinal (GI) viruses are no fun for anyone, but they are especially worrisome for a person living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. GI viruses affect the GI track – the stomach and intestine (i.e., ‘gut’) – resulting in abdominal pain/discomfort, nausea, vomiting, intestinal pain/discomfort, cramps and diarrhea. Thank goodness they usually have a ‘short course,’ most lasting less than 24 hours. Read below to learn more about steps you can take if you get one of these viruses.
What should I do if I am/my child is vomiting or has horrible diarrhea?
A GI virus is most likely a “minor stress” to the body, and will not require stress dosing of steroids. If stress dosing is needed, stress doses can be found in the PJ Nicholoff Steroid Protocol. If you are concerned, contact either your primary care or neuromuscular care provider.
*24 hours from when the last dose was due. For example: If you are due to take a dose at 7am Monday, and miss it, you should get a dose in before 7am Tuesday or seek medical attention if that is not possible.
Older children, teens and adults
Call your primary care provider:
What else can we do to stay as healthy as possible?
Please do your best to stay healthy!