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Gastroenteritis in Children

May 15, 2013

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About Gastroenteritis:

Gastroenteritis in childrenGastroenteritis is an infection that is contagious and has its genesis in the bowels. Gastroenteritis has its incidence in infants and children. Rotavirus is said to be the root cause for gastroenteritis in Children. Generally, it tends to blow up during the period of winter. Vomiting and nausea are the immediate symptoms that are noticed in a patient. Resultantly, kids experience acute tummy pain and high fever temperature. In subsequent stages, kids develop complications of diarrhea too.  In some instances, children may face the problem of drippy nose or a sore throat.

Gastroenteritis usually stays for a period of 3-4 days.  Sometimes, it takes one week too for the poos to return to normalcy. Some parasites (germs) may induce vomiting and diarrhea in kids in addition to higher or more extended spell of fever, more serious tummy pain, and blood or mucous with the diarrhea. Occasionally, all these bacterial infections occur due to food poisoning.

Symptoms of Gastroenteritis

  • Diarrhea in combination with vomiting
  • Abdominal  pain
  • High body temperature and severe headache

Causes of Gastroenteritis

Contaminated water and food poisoning are said to be the causes of gastroenteritis in children.

Treatment of Gastroenteritis in children

This article covers mainly two treatments for Gastroenteritis

Fluids to combat Dehydration

Consuming plenty of liquids and proper diet will help in healing the effects of gastroenteritis in children. The main thing is to avoid dehydration (low body fluid). Apart from taking water in large quantity, taking oral rehydration solutions such as sports drinks, fruit juices and consuming food that is rich in fruits and vegetables, is yet another recommended solution to stop dehydration in children. Breast milk is the right alternative to infants who suffer from gastroenteritis.

Intravenous access

When the children suffer from higher bouts of gastroenteritis, then they may be compelled to take intravenous access as the injection-based fluids transmit fast through veins.

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