It is common in babies and children. It is caused by a virus or bacteria in the intestinal tract (bowels). Bacteria or viruses get to the intestinal tract by putting hands, toys or other objects near or into the mouth. It is more serious in babies and young children than it is in adults.
Why do babies get gastroenteritis?
Many viruses, bacteria and other microbes (germs) can cause gastroenteritis. A virus is the most common cause of gastroenteritis. Rotavirus is the most common virus causing gastroenteritis in children in the UK. Almost every child in the UK has a rotavirus infection before they are 5 years old.
How long does gastroenteritis last in a baby?
Gastroenteritis is easy to catch and spreads quickly, usually from person to person. It is almost impossible to stop children coming into contact with gastroenteritis, especially at pre-school. How long will my child be unwell? The usual duration of diarrhoea is 5-7 days and in most children it stops within 2 weeks.
What do I do if my baby has gastroenteritis?
The main treatment is to keep your child drinking fluids often such as water, oral rehydration solution, breastmilk or formula. It is very important to replace the fluids lost due to the vomiting and diarrhoea.
What can you give a baby with gastroenteritis?
It’s generally best to start with bland foods like plain biscuits, bread, rice, potato or jelly. He can start eating other foods gradually. Avoid giving your child dairy products for 7-10 days after an episode of gastro, because this might make the diarrhoea go on longer.
How do I know if my baby has a bacterial infection?
Call your child’s doctor or seek emergency medical care if your new baby shows any of these possible signs of infection:
- poor feeding.
- breathing difficulty.
- decreased or elevated temperature.
- unusual skin rash or change in skin color.
- persistent crying.
- unusual irritability.
What is pediatric gastroenteritis?
Gastroenteritis is inflammation of the digestive tract that results in vomiting, diarrhea, or both and is sometimes accompanied by fever or abdominal cramps. Gastroenteritis is usually caused by a viral, bacterial, or parasitic infection.
Can my baby get rotavirus from the vaccine?
Yes. Because the vaccine is given to your baby by mouth, it’s possible that the virus in the vaccine will pass through your baby’s gut and be picked up by whoever changes their nappy. The vaccine contains a weakened form of the rotavirus, so traces of it in a baby’s nappy will not harm healthy people.
Should I nurse a baby with stomach flu?
If you come down with gastroenteritis you can, and should, continue to breastfeed your baby. Although you are ill your milk is providing baby with protection against the virus. There is no specific treatment for viral gastroenteritis except rest and drinking plenty of fluids.
Can newborns get gastro?
Babies under 6 months old can become ill quickly with gastro – they need extra fluids to replace fluids lost by diarrhoea and vomiting.
How long does gastroenteritis last for?
Depending on the cause, viral gastroenteritis symptoms may appear within one to three days after you’re infected and can range from mild to severe. Symptoms usually last just a day or two, but occasionally they may persist as long as 10 days.
What is the best home remedy for gastroenteritis?
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.