Children's Upset Stomach

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Vomiting and diarrhea are very common in young children. When should you call the physician? Dr. Edward Hill gives some useful tips in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Vomiting and diarrhea are very common in children and may be caused by viruses, bacteria, parasites, food that is difficult to digest and other issues. The main complication of vomiting and diarrhea is dehydration. Excessive fluids can be lost very quickly, especially in young children.

Signs that a young child is dehydrated include:

Irritability

Poor appetite

Weight loss

Not urinating as often as usual

Urine that is darker than usual

Fast heartbeat

Dry mouth

Thirst

Sunken eyes, or

No tears when crying

To prevent dehydration, you should encourage children older than two to drink water and other clear fluids. Ask your doctor about giving your baby or toddler an oral rehydration solution, such as Pedialyte or Infalyte.

You should contact your childs physician if the child is younger than 6 months, if he or she is unusually lethargic, or if he or she hasnt eaten or drank anything, continues to vimit or has had no urine output within eight hours.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.