Martin D. Fried MD discusses what to do if your child has gastroenteritis
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Male Speaker: A lots of kids are getting vomiting and diarrhea in the last few days. There is a virus found are norwalk virus or a normal virus. Martin D. Fried: Normal. Male Speaker: It seems to be the cause or a pocket. How do you handle some of this vomiting and diarrhea, so you don't have to -- what will be the first thing that you do? Martin D. Fried: The most important thing is keeping up with fluids. As long as you keep up with your fluids and electrolytes something like norwalk virus, rotavirus astrovirus, they are all for the most time limited. Some of them have toxins that attach to the colon that causes secretory diarrhea, it causes you to secrets fluids, again if you keep up with your fluids and electrolytes eventually... Male Speaker: Well vomiting I always start with a table spoon, they will be five minutes, gradually increase because its hard to vomit a table spoon, very easy to vomit a glass full, so increase that gradually. And if the kid urinates, its hard to know if it's a diarrhea you know every four hours you're probably not dehydrated. You don't urinate red flagging probably end up with - but still if you are sick. If you put a lot of money in the checking account you keep spending. If you get enough liquids in, you won't dehydrate and if you get dehydration at certain point you can't survive being up on the -- is that reasonable? Martin D. Fried: Right, right look for tears, look for urination, look for moist mucus membranes.