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Health Tip: Easing Viral Gastroenteritis

-- Viral gastroenteritis, often referred to as "stomach flu," is a common infection that may trigger vomiting and diarrhea.

The ADAM Encyclopedia suggests ways to help you feel comfortable and recover from viral gastroenteritis:

  • To replace lost fluids and electrolytes, adults and older children should consume sports drinks such as Gatorade.
  • Young children may drink fluid-replacement products made for children.
  • Avoid fruit juices, sodas, Jell-O or other products laden with sugar, which can worsen diarrhea.
  • Don't gulp down too much fluid at once. Instead sip 2 oz. to 4 oz. every 30 minutes to 60 minutes.
  • Babies should continue to have breast milk or formula, and adults should try to eat small amounts of bland foods.
  • Don't take an anti-diarrhea medication unless your doctor recommends one.
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Posted: March 2011