Pediatrics - Gastroenteritis
IntroductionGastroenteritis is irritation and inflammation of the stomach and intestines. It is most frequently caused by viral or bacterial infection. Symptoms of gastroenteritis include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Usually, treatment is aimed at preventing dehydration. Certain bacterial causes are treated with antibiotics. Gastroenteritis typically lasts from a few days to a week or more, depending on the cause.
Certain bacteria are treated with antibiotics. Antibiotics are not a treatment for viruses. Medications may be recommended to reduce vomiting. Gastroenteritis typically lasts from a few days to a week or more, depending on the cause. Your doctor will instruct you on how to gradually increase your child’s diet to solid foods after his or her illness has stopped.
Am I at Risk
Is My Child at Risk?
Infants, children, the elderly, and people with suppressed immune systems have the highest risk for getting severe symptoms from gastroenteritis. Your child’s risk is increased if your child travels or lives in areas with poor sanitation. Your child is at risk if your child eats or drinks contaminated food or water.
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