Gastroenteritis is a very common illness that affects the stomach and intestines and which often causes diarrhea and vomiting. Although not a serious illness, it can lead to dehydration and that can be dangerous, especially in young children.
What is the cause of the condition?
Gastroenteritis, can be caused by a number of factors including:
Who can have the condition?
The condition affects people of all ages but it is more common in children. In children, it is often caused by a virus while in adults; the illness is usually caused either by a bacterium or a virus. It is easily spread and you can become infected through contact with an infected person or through contaminated food or water
What are it symptoms?
If you or your child has become infected, you will likely have the following symptoms:
- Stomach pain
- Loss of appetite
- Feeling sick
These symptoms can appear a day after you or your child have become infected and they may last a few days, usually less than seven days, there are however times when they may last longer.
When do I need to see a doctor?
Normally, you do not have to see a doctor for it but if you notice other symptoms like bloody diarrhea, constant vomiting and passing no urine or very little amounts, you should get to the hospital. Also if the symptoms normally associated with the condition do not improve after a few days, you should also see your doctor.