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I came down with gastroenteritis 72 hours ago. Still having diarrhea. Is this normal? When does it typically subside?

I came down with gastroenteritis 72 hours ago. Still having diarrhea. Is this normal? When does it typically subside?

Depends: As long as your immune system is not compromised and your bowel condition is caused by common virus, diarrhea is generally expected to run for 5 days. If you take Imodium (loperamide) and probiotics or yogurt, you may reduce by 2 days. ...Read more

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Diuretic (Definition)

By strict definition, a diuretic is any medicine causing increased urination. More practically, a diuretic is a medicine causing the kidney to secrete excess fluid by blocking the re-absorption of either water itself or electrolytes like sodium (primarily), potassium, chloride and bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate). These medicines are effective treatments for many disorders including ...Read more


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My child has gastroenteritis and diarrhea. Should I give him imodium(r)?

My child has gastroenteritis and diarrhea.  Should I give him imodium(r)?

No...: The most likely cause of this is a virus and needs to clear out of the GI tract. The most important thing to do is to keep your child well hydrated. If he is able to drink fluids (don't worry about solid foods at this time), then keep giving him liquids. Also take note of his urine output - if he is not urinating and looks dry, unable to take fluids, then take him to the nearest er for IV fluid. ...Read more

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My child has gastroenteritis, my breastfeeding increases his diarrhea. Should I stop breastfeeding?

No: Breastfeeding is the best choice for your baby. However, if it persists, you should speak to the pediatrician to see if any further work up may be necessary to rule out any metabolic disorders. ...Read more

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Vomited/fever 5 nights ago, seemed to get better (tho appetite never returned) and only now am having diarrhea. Is this common for gastroenteritis?

Vomited/fever 5 nights ago, seemed to get better (tho appetite never returned) and only now am having diarrhea. Is this common for gastroenteritis?

Most likely: The common viral gastroenteritis usally takes about 5-7 days to run its course(no pun intended). If your symptoms persist; or if you have any additional symptoms best to see you doctor for an exam. ...Read more

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How long does diarrhea and vomiting associated with gastroenteritis last?

How long does diarrhea and vomiting associated with gastroenteritis last?

It depends on cause: Most viral gastroenteritis last an average of 3 days, some may last up to a week. The most important thing to consider is how well hydrated the child is, and if the child is able to keep fluids down. Be familiar with signs of dehydreation and consult your docor. ...Read more

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My daughter woke up Thursday morning with vomiting and diarrhea. She went to Dr. And its gastroenteritis.Vomiting is gone,diarrhea not.now what?

"BRAT diet": Continue to encourage hydration with simple fluids: water, electrolyte replacement fluids etc. Steer clear of dairy products and sweetened drinks (juices, "koolaide" etc). Encourage bland, easy to digest foods like: saltine crackers, dry toast, oatmeal, rice cereal, bananas, apple sauce. Her GI tract needs a little time to recover from the gastroenteritis. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


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Stomach Flu (Definition)

Viral gastroenteritis is a viral infection of the GI tract. It can be picked up from contact with surfaces and foods that are carrying the virus. Symptoms include upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Sometimes ...Read more