What is stomach flu?
Stomach flu, otherwise known as Gastroenteritis, refers to the inflammation in your child’s digestive tract comprising the stomach, small and large intestines. It is very common, especially in children.
What causes the stomach flu?
Stomach flu in your child is most commonly caused by a virus. It may sometimes be caused by bacteria.
How can I protect my child from the stomach flu?
Your child doctor in Abu Dhabi can explain the options available for protecting your baby from the virus.
Does stomach flu caused by seasonal influenza/flu virus?
No. The seasonal flu causes sore throats, runny noses, aches and pains. It does not usually cause stomach problems.
How does my child get infected with the stomach flu?
Gastroenteritis is contagious. A person infected with the stomach flu virus can spread it to your child by touch, especially if he/she does not wash his/her hands after using the restroom or changing a diaper. The medical center Abu Dhabi suggests that it is very important to wash your hands with soap especially before you eat and after using the restroom.
What are the symptoms of stomach flu?
Symptoms of the stomach flu usually manifest about one to two days after the virus gets into your child’s body. They include:
What special care should I take when my child has stomach flu?
According to your Child Pediatric Clinic Abu Dhabi, it is very important that you protect your child from dehydration. Vomiting and diarrhea cause your child’s body to lose more fluids than it takes in. So take care to keep your child hydrated. Infants and young children become dehydrated very easily. AESMC recommends that you call your child’s doctor right away if you notice any signs of dehydration.
How do I know that my child is dehydrated?
The signs below may suggest dehydration in your child:
- Decreased urine output (dry diapers)
- Dark-colored urine
- Dry skin
- Lack of tears
- Dry mouth
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How can I take care of my little one at home?
Your child doctor in Abu Dhabi recommends giving plenty of light fluids to your child. You may give ice chips, water, diluted fruit juice and popsicle. Once your child stops throwing up, you can give chicken broth and juices. Start with small, frequent volumes and increase portion size slowly as tolerance increases. When your child begins to feel better and get hungry, start with mild, easy to digest foods such as toast, crackers, bananas, rice and plain noodles.
- For infants and younger children, ask your child’s doctor if you should rehydrate your child with an oral rehydration solution which has the right balance of water, sugar and salts.
- Cut down on milk and caffeine-containing drinks.
- Make sure that your child gets adequate rest at home until the virus leaves his/her system.
How long will it take for my child to completely recover from stomach flu?
Your child doctor in Abu Dhabi opines that the sickness usually lasts for 10 days without medication. The first few days tend to be the most difficult but as a parent, you can take steps to help your child get through it.
To know more about how you can protect your child from the stomach flu and the treatment options, please call us today at the medical center Abu Dhabi.