Quick Answer: Why do babies get gastroenteritis?

Gastroenteritis is caused by different things – including viruses, bacteria, bacterial toxins, parasites, particular chemicals and some drugs. If your child gets gastro more than once the cause may be different each time.

What causes gastroenteritis in a baby?

About gastroenteritis

Gastroenteritis is a very common condition that causes diarrhoea and vomiting. It’s usually caused by a bacterial or viral tummy bug. It affects people of all ages, but is particularly common in young children. Most cases in children are caused by a virus called rotavirus.

What is the most common cause of viral gastroenteritis in infants?

The most common cause in infants younger than 24 months old is rotavirus, and after 24 months of age, shigella becomes the most common cause and rotavirus the second most common.

How can I prevent my baby getting gastroenteritis?

Children with gastroenteritis must keep drinking

  1. Offer babies a drink every time they vomit.
  2. Give older children a drink (150–200ml) after every big vomit or bout of diarrhoea.
  3. Give small amounts of fluids often if your child is vomiting a lot (a mouthful every 15 minutes).

How do you treat gastroenteritis in babies?

There is no specific treatment for gastroenteritis, and most kids can be treated at home. Keep your child hydrated by offering plenty of liquids. Kids with more severe dehydration may need treatment in the ER or hospital. Mild dehydration is treated with oral (by mouth) rehydration.

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What is the priority finding for gastroenteritis?

Gastroenteritis should be suspected if there is a sudden change in stool consistency to loose or watery stools and/or a sudden onset of vomiting.

Who is most at risk of gastroenteritis?

The risk factors for gastroenteritis include: Age. Infants and young children are at increased risk due to their immature immune systems; the elderly are at increased risk due to weakened immune systems.

How long can gastroenteritis last in babies?

In most children, the symptoms are mild and they tend to get better within a few days. If vomiting occurs, it often lasts only a day or so but sometimes longer. Diarrhoea often continues after the vomiting stops and commonly lasts for between 5 to 7 days.

Should I feed baby after vomiting NHS?

If your baby is vomiting, carry on breastfeeding or giving them milk feeds. If they seem dehydrated, they will need extra fluids. Ask your GP or pharmacist whether you should give your baby oral rehydration solution.