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Health Tip: Easing Viral Gastroenteritis

Health Tip: Easing Viral Gastroenteritis

03/07/11

(HealthDay News) -- Viral gastroenteritis, often referred to as "stomach flu," is a common infection that may trigger vomiting and diarrhea.

The ADAM Encyclopedia suggests ways to help you feel comfortable and recover from viral gastroenteritis:

  • To replace lost fluids and electrolytes, adults and older children should consume sports drinks such as Gatorade.
  • Young children may drink fluid-replacement products made for children.
  • Avoid fruit juices, sodas, Jell-O or other products laden with sugar, which can worsen diarrhea.
  • Don't gulp down too much fluid at once. Instead sip 2 oz. to 4 oz. every 30 minutes to 60 minutes.
  • Babies should continue to have breast milk or formula, and adults should try to eat small amounts of bland foods.
  • Don't take an anti-diarrhea medication unless your doctor recommends one.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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