If you have a toddler in your household, then you know that their hands are a virtual petri dish of germs and mysterious sticky substances. So it's somewhat understandable that your, "I'm going to put everything I see in my mouth," child catches the occasional bug from time to time. Since this cold and flu season has been quite intense, it can be difficult to determine exactly what type of virus or bug your tot may have caught. Fortunately there are actually a few distinct signs your toddler has a stomach bug, and not something else. Thankfully, the differences between the two are fairly easy to spot — once you know what symptoms to look out for in your little one.
That's not to say that a stomach virus is a walk in the park either. Trust me when I say I have experienced my fair share of blowouts, soaked sheets, and projectile puking — which can all be blamed on gastroenteritis, the nasty stomach bug, and is most commonly caused by the virus norovirus. Who knew so much gross stuff could come out of such a tiny human, am I right? So if you're wondering whether or not your little one's upset tummy warrants a check-up to rule out anything more serious, check out these handy ways to spot the difference.