How do you get rid of gastro in babies?
Mild gastroenteritis can be treated at home by giving frequent small amounts of cool, clear fluid – which are less likely to be vomited back up – to drink. You can also try giving your child the fluid as an ice block. If your child is breastfed, continue to do so but offer feeds more frequently.
How do I know if my baby has gastroenteritis?
Children may not have all symptoms, but in general, gastroenteritis symptoms can include:
- loss of appetite.
- abdominal cramps.
- abdominal pain.
- bloody stools (poo) – in some cases.
Viral gastroenteritis usually lasts one to 3 days. Viruses that commonly cause gastroenteritis in children include the following. Norovirus is the most common cause of gastroenteritis in older children.
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The main risk is lack of fluid in the body (dehydration). The main treatment is to give your child lots to drink. This may mean giving special rehydration drinks. Also, once any dehydration is treated with drinks, encourage your child to eat as normally as possible.
How do babies get gastro?
Causes of gastro
Gastro is usually caused by a virus and sometimes by a bacterial or parasite infection. These germs cause inflammation of the stomach and intestine walls, which in turn causes the diarrhoea and vomiting. Rotavirus is a common cause of viral gastroenteritis in children.
What helps gastro fast?
Drink plenty of liquid every day, taking small, frequent sips. Ease back into eating. Gradually begin to eat bland, easy-to-digest foods, such as soda crackers, toast, gelatin, bananas, rice and chicken. Stop eating if your nausea returns.
When should I go to hospital with gastro?
Adults and older children should seek medical advice if their symptoms include a fever, severe abdominal pain, blood in their diarrhoea or signs of dehydration, such as thirst and decreased urination, lethargy, dry mouth, sunken eyes or feeling faint when standing.
Can Breastfed babies get gastro?
Because of a whole system of interacting immune factors present in breastmilk, exclusively breastfed babies only rarely get gastroenteritis (an infection of the intestinal tract, usually due to a virus such as rotavirus, or less commonly, to bacteria or other microorganisms).
How long does gastro bug last?
The main symptoms of viral gastroenteritis are vomiting and watery diarrhoea. Other symptoms may include nausea, fever, abdominal pain, headache, and muscle aches. Dehydration can follow. Symptoms can take between one and three days to develop and usually last between one and two days, sometimes longer.
What can I give my baby for a stomach virus?
Your doctor may recommend that you give your child bland foods for the first 24 hours. Bland foods include bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, saltine crackers and unsweetened cereals. If your child does well with these foods, you can add other foods over the next 48 hours.
Can you give Dioralyte to babies?
Dioralyte Relief is suitable for adults and children over 3 months. If your child is aged between 3 months and 1 year, you should seek medical advice before using Dioralyte Relief.