Health Tip: Easing Viral Gastroenteritis03/07/11
(HealthDay News) -- Viral gastroenteritis, often referred to as
"stomach flu," is a common infection that may trigger vomiting and
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
- 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
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