Gastroenteritis & Dehydration in Children

Posted on Healthcare By DoctorUna - Published on 2022-06-22



Is your child having an upset stomach and belly cramps? These health issues could be signs of gastroenteritis. Well, the term gastroenteritis can be also defined as stomach flu. It is a common disease in kids that causes diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain. Most cases may last for several days without turning serious. Children can get better with plenty of rest and intake of liquids at home. However, acute gastroenteritis may need hospitalization. 

Causes of Gastroenteritis 

This condition develops when bacteria, viruses, or parasites infect the child's intestines or stomach area causing major inflammation. Viruses are the primary cause of pediatric gastroenteritis. Rotavirus can inflict stomach flu in kids. You can prevent the same by giving Rotavirus vaccine.

Gastroenteritis may spread quickly under these circumstances:

  • Touching something contaminated and touching your food or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Sharing food with a child who is sick
  • Living with an infected child 

Gastroenteritis in Child Symptoms

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea 
  • Fever
  • Dehydration

Gastroenteritis Diagnosis 

Pediatricians in Dubai can diagnose stomach flu after hearing all the symptoms. Usually, tests are not needed. If the child is too sick or there is the presence of blood or mucus in his poop, the doctor may want a stool test, urine test, and blood test done. 

Gastroenteritis in Child Treatment

Gastroenteritis in kids is mostly treated at home. The child needs to be hydrated with plenty of fluids. Children with acute gastroenteritis with moderate dehydration can be treated in an emergency room or a hospital for Gastroenteritis in the UAE

If you are looking for trusted pediatric care in the UAE, DoctorUna can help you find the best pediatric doctors. You can seek their list of top-qualified child specialists and fix an appointment with a doctor of your preference.  


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