Centra Care docs warn that Intestinal Infections are up in both adults and children right now.
You can become infected by eating or drinking contaminated food or water, though poor hand washing most commonly transmits the viral infection known as Gastroenteritis.
Abdominal pain, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea and a low-grade fever are common symptoms of gastroenteritis. The illness often leads to dehydration, so be aware of dehydration symptoms, which include: decreased urination, extreme lethargy and light-headedness.
Wash your hands frequently, and do not share beverages and eating utensils. If it is your child who is ill, parents need to be diligent about hand washing, especially after using the bathroom, handling diapers and when handling or preparing food.
Here are a few recommendations if you or your child gets an intestinal infection:
- It’s extremely important to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of clear liquids like water, sport drinks (for adults), and pediatric electrolyte solutions like Pedialyte. Don’t drink too much at one time. It is best to take small frequent sips or suck on ice cubes.
- See a doctor if unable to keep any fluids down.
- Avoid dairy, caffeine, and spicy foods until feeling better.
- Make sure to get plenty of rest.
If you suspect food poisoning: contact a physician or poison control right away. Do not self-administer medication unless instructed to do so.