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How Does One Person Give Gastroenteritis To Another
Fecal-oral: This is generally hard to do. Usually other family members or friends/co-workers get infected by the same source as the original person (i.e., contaminated food). The most common way to transmit from person to person is poor hand hygiene in which the virus or bacteria is transmitted from someone's hands to another person's hands or clothes. That person then unknowingly ingests the pathogen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Get them voiding: If an infant is taking enough fluid to wet a diaper every 4-6 hrs they are hydrated. It is sometimes hard to tell, if their pee is mixed with diarrhea you must rely on their willingness to drink robustly and keep their mouth moist. Modern diapers often pull away moisture so placing square of toilet tissue in the diaper can aleart you that they peed thru it. When in doubt, check with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I accidentally broke a small light bulb today. Apparently if it contained mercury it can give you gastroenteritis. Am I going to get sick now ?
Probably not: Mercury is contained in the newer CFL bulbs, the ones that look like this picture. It is not present in significant amounts in older bulbs. If you got it on your hands, you should wash them well with water and follow the clean-up instructions here: http://www2.epa.gov/cfl/cleaning-broken-cfl Mercury can harm young children and unborn babies. It's generally harmful to others only in large amounts. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Probiotics: Agree with dr. C. Zinc has been shown to help kids with zinc deficiency or malnourished kids with gastroenteritis but we don't know about other kids. But probiotics [include lactobacillus] may prevent gastroenteritis in adults and kids. Here's to healthy tummies! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Usually resolves: without medications. 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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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