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Vomiting and Diarrhea: Prevention and Treatment

By on April 19, 2012 in Diseases, Health, Prevention with 0 Comments

Should I feed my child when they have diarrhea?

Yes, older children should begin eating within 12 to 24 hours after starting to take ORS. Avoid foods high in sugar, high fat, like ice cream, gelatin, pudding and fried foods. These may irritate the stomach and digestive tract of her son. It is best to avoid dairy products for 3 to 7 days.

Your doctor may recommend that you give your child soft foods during the first 24 hours. Soft foods include bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, crackers and cereals without sugar. If your child better with these foods, you can add other foods in the next 48 hours.

Most children can return to their usual diet about 3 days after diarrhea stops. If your child has been vomiting, wait 6 hours after the last time you threw up before offering food. Try to offer small amounts of soft foods. Do not force your child to eat. Your child is very hungry for a few days after vomiting.

Should I give my child medicine to stop diarrhea?

Probably not. Usually, the diarrhea does not last long. If caused by an infection, diarrhea is a body’s way of getting rid of the infection. You may be given medicine to stop diarrhea, in fact, interfere with the body’s efforts to heal. Usually, no antibiotics are required. Talk to your family doctor if you think your child needs medication.

Call your doctor if your child is vomiting or has diarrhea if:

  • Is less than 6 months.
  • Is older than 6 months and has a fever over 101.4 ° F.
  • Has signs of dehydration.
  • He has been vomiting for more than 8 hours or is vomiting with great force.
  • Blood in the stool.
  • Blood in the vomit.
  • No urine in 8 hours.
  • You may have swallowed something that could be poisonous.
  • Has a stiff neck.
  • It is indifferent or is unusually sleepy.
  • Abdominal pain has been longer than 2 hours.

Will my child have to go the hospital?

Probably not. Unless, it becomes severe dehydration. In this case, it is possible that your child needs to be given fluids intravenously (IV) to replace fluids lost through vomiting or diarrhea.

Signs of dehydration:

  • Urinating little, not urinating or urinating with a color darker than usual.
  • Urinating less often than usual (less than 6 wet diapers a day for infants to 8 hours or more without urination for children).
  • Thirst (babies may show thirst by crying that, being irritable and eager to drink when something is offered).
  • Irritability.
  • Not eating as well as usual.
  • Weight loss.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Crying without tears.
  • In infants who are younger than 18 months, sunken soft spots on top of the head.
  • Skin that is not as elastic as usual.
  • Drowsiness.

Can I help prevent my children from vomiting and diarrhea?

It is possible that the vomiting and diarrhea are caused by foods that are hard to digest for your child (such as sugar or bacteria in undercooked meat). Make sure your child eats a healthy diet.

Most infections causing diarrhea are caused by a virus that is found in the faeces. Help prevent infections disposing of soiled diapers properly and washing hands after changing a diaper or using the toilet. Make sure your child wash hands frequently, especially after using the bathroom.

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