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What can remedy viral gastroenteritis?

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Dr. Robert Golenbock
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Fluids: We can't treat GI viruses. But we can wait them out. Your doctor may prescribe ondansetron to control vomiting. Hydration is important to replace losses from diarrhea, but avoid sugary drinks like soda or juices. Even gatorade may be too high in sugar. Eating easily digestible foods in small amounts (no fuits!) and drinking water or broth is ok. Even milk may be ok in most cases!
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Hydrate: Start w clear liquid like water, slightly flattened soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. Work up to solids w bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest.

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What is viral gastroenteritis?

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Dr. Ryan Stanton
Emergency Medicine 18 years experience
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 sources need to be ruled out, especially if there is pain or bleeding from above or below.

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