Gastroenteritis in Children

Friday, August 17, 2012

If your child has stomach flu, it is important to avoid dehydration. Dr. Edward Hill discusses ways to avoid dehydration and how to protect your loved ones from stomach bugs in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Gastroenteritis, or the stomach flu, is diarrhea that is caused by germs, food poisoning or unclean water. Your child may also have an upset stomach, vomiting or fever.

Fluid and body chemicals called electrolytes are lost through diarrhea and vomiting. If your child loses too much fluid and electrolytes, he or she can get dehydrated. Dehydration can be serious if it is not treated.

If your child is dehydrated, he or she may not urinate as often and the urine will be darker than usual. Your child may also be tired and not as active. You should give your child an oral rehydration solution, such as Pedialyte, to replace the lost fluids and electrolytes.

If your childs stomach flu is caused by germs, it can be spread from one person to another. Clean surfaces that have been touched by a child who has been sick, and make sure your child washes his or her hands often. Your child should be vaccinated against certain viruses that can cause gastroenteritis, such as rotavirus.

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