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Viral gastroenteritis in children

A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Hydration: The primary treatment in viral gastroenteritis is a close attention to hydration.A source of fluids through oral rehydration fluids, and some solids l ... Read More

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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Stanton
17 years experience in Emergency Medicine
Hukes and spews: Viral gastroenteritis means a bowel infection caused by a virus leading to nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It is treated symptomatically, but other so ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
30 years experience in Family Medicine
Anyone: Viral gastroenteritis is a common cause of diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. This is also known as "the stomach flu.".
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Stanton
17 years experience in Emergency Medicine
Virus: It is a viral infection of the GI tract. It can be picked up from contact with surfaces, foods, living things, etc. That are carrying the virus. The b ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience in Infectious Disease
Generally not: Similar to other viruses which infect the GI tract, but the nausea, vomiting, fever and respiratory symptoms may be slightly worse. Children will be l ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience in Pediatrics
Yes: Older children and adults do catch RSV infection but do not develop same clinical manifestations frequently seen in infants, e.g., shortness of breath ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
??Cure??: Pedialyte is commercial product that mimics the IV solution given for dehydration.It is a welcome product in dealing with infants & children whose flu ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Not the only symptom: Bacterial meningitis causes a severe headache and neck ache- not just general malaise and nausea....That sounds more like flu. Viral meningitis can be ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
New agents: New babies are pretected to some degree from the types of viruses the mom developed immunity to in her lifetime. This immunity is transient & passes t ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ecaterina Sartina
34 years experience in Pediatrics
Any family or IM doc: Any licensed primary care provider, either family doctor or internal medicine doctor should be able to treat it. I am pretty sure that there are a lot ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Krenn
19 years experience in Family Medicine
11 per 100,000: The above stat is quoted as the overall incidence of viral meningitis in various studies with the incidence being the highest in younger children and ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience in Infectious Disease
Viral gastroenteriti: There is no effective treatment against the viruses most commonly causing gastroenteritis.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Mosolf
24 years experience in Pediatrics
Wheezing: Wheezing and severe cough in an infant may be due to rsv. The younger and smaller the infant the more severe the illness will be. Premature babies are ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Mcnay
25 years experience in Dentistry
For kids: Kids usually have this virus and it is self limiting. In other words there are no effective treatments for this. Antivirals don't do well against it n ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Krenn
19 years experience in Family Medicine
Supportive care: Uncomplicated viral meningitis is treated generally as an outpatient with supportive care only such as tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin for fever and ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience in Internal Medicine
The tests for Viral gastroenteritis in adults include:: Basic metabolic panel, Kidney function tests, Stool culture, Stool ova and parasite exam, Rotavirus antigen detection, EIA.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Quresh Khairullah
41 years experience in Nephrology and Dialysis
See below: Dehydration in children may be subtle and the infant or child will be listless, and may have atemperature, and high pulse rate and low blood pressure. ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lokesh Guglani
20 years experience in Pediatric Pulmonology
Yes: Most cases on bilateral pneumonia in children are caused by viruses or bacteria. These organisms can spread through droplets coughed out by the infect ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Walsh
16 years experience in Addiction Medicine
Generally: It depends on the virus - there are outbreaks where the old and very young appear to have been spared for unclear reasons while those in the prime of ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
24 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Yes: Keep children away from sick people. Take it as an opportunity to teach good hygiene practices. Wash hands, cover your cough, use clean utensils and t ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience in Radiation Oncology
The classic stiff: Neck, arched back, lethargy, irritability and high fever, often after a respiratory infection (pneumonia) or especially ear infection. Once started, ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience in Infectious Disease
Symptomatic: Hydration and symptom control with drugs that treat nausea and/or diarrhea.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Silverman
Specializes in Infectious Disease
Yes and no: Good hand hygiene with any type of food that you ingest..Make sure it is well cooked - otherwise the illness can occur in outbreaks and sporadically.
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