Gastroenteritis

Gastroenteritis

This illness, better known as a stomach bug, causes vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.

Most stomach viruses clear up within a few days to a week and require nothing more than rest and Tender Loving Care. Still, you should make sure your child is drinking enough fluids to prevent dehydration. Drinking fruit juice or fizzy drinks is not recommended, as it can also make diarrhea worse.

Start with just a tablespoon of an electrolyte solution (such as Oreda or Pedialyte) every 15 minutes and slowly increase the amount. If your child prefers Gatorade or juice, add water by half since these drinks are high in sugar and can increase diarrhea. If she keeps these down, slowly return her to regular meals. Encourage them to eat as soon as their vomiting is under control. Simple foods that are high in carbohydrates – such as bread, rice or pasta – are usually recommended.  Withholding food does not make diarrhea go away quicker and can even prolong the illness.

 

Contact your doctor if your child repeatedly vomits after drinking oral rehydration solution.

 

It may be recommended that your child be admitted to hospital if their symptoms get worse, even after treatment with oral rehydration solution, or if they keep being sick.

 

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