Stomach flu (gastroenteritis)

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The stomach flu, or gastroenteritis, is the most common illness in children next to respiratory illness.
 
How can you tell when your child’s symptoms are stomach flu?
 
If your toddler vomiting or do has diarrhoea he could have gastroenteritis, also known as the stomach flu. In most cases, the stomach flu cannot be treated with antibiotics because it is usually caused from a virus such as the rotavirus, adenovirus, calicivirus, and astrovirus.
 
In a few instances, the stomach ache flu is caused by a bacterial infection but it is unusual.
 
You can treat the stomach flu at home by making sure to give your toddler plenty of fluids to keep them hydrated. Use an over the counter electrolyte solution to replace the fluids, minerals and slats the body has lost because of the diarrhoea. Also give your child children’s pain relievers for fever and pain.
 
The best thing you can do for the stomach flu is to try to keep your child comfortable and hydrated. The flu will run its course and your child will recover completely.

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