A to Z: Food Poisoningenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-KH-AZ-Dictionary-enHD.jpgFood poisoning happens when bacteria (and, sometimes, viruses or other germs) get into food or drinks. salmonella, e.coli, ecoli, listeria, campylobacter, staph, s. aureus, shigella, hepatitis, norovirus, stomach, pain, ache, sick, vomit, diarrhea, fever, food, safety, dehydration03/23/201604/01/201909/02/2019b02d5d47-d7d3-4b03-b9ba-5631361812dfhttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-food-poisoning.html/<p>Food poisoning happens when bacteria (and, sometimes, viruses or other germs) get into food or drinks.&nbsp;</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>The germs that cause food poisoning include <em><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/salmonellosis.html/">Salmonella</a></em>, <em><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ecoli.html/">E.coli</a></em>, <em><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/listeria.html/">Listeria</a></em>, <em><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/campylobacter.html/">Campylobacter</a></em>, <em>Staphylococcus aureus</em>, <em><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/shigella.html/">Shigella</a></em>, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hepatitis.html/">hepatitis A</a>, and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-norovirus.html/">noroviruses</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Food poisoning often starts a few hours after eating contaminated food. People have stomach pain, feel sick, throw up, and have diarrhea. They may have headaches, weakness, and fever.&nbsp;</p> <p>Food poisoning usually goes away on its own. Most kids get better in a couple of days.&nbsp;</p> <p>In a few cases, food poisoning can be bad enough that kids need to go to the doctor or hospital. When kids need medical care, it's usually because of <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dehydration.html/">dehydration</a>.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Following good <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/food-safety.html/">food safety practices</a>&nbsp;is the best defense against food poisoning. <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hand-washing.html/">Washing hands</a>&nbsp;well and often, especially after using the bathroom and before preparing food, also helps stop the spread of germs.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
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First Aid: DiarrheaDiarrhea is common and usually not a sign of something serious. Find out what to do if your child has diarrhea.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/diarrhea-sheet.html/e38697dd-26dd-4dcf-91a7-fdf384030fd5
First Aid: FeverFevers are usually not cause for alarm - they're the body's way of fighting infection. Here's what to do if your child has a fever.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fever-sheet.html/a6c19239-9b6c-4b0b-b77a-3cfd82992bbd
First Aid: VomitingVomiting can be caused by many things, most commonly gastroenteritis (the "stomach flu"). Here's what to do when your child throws up.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vomiting-sheet.html/a510f112-6183-4c79-9463-b55e0d3ae7d4
Food PoisoningSometimes, germs can get into food and cause food poisoning. Find out what to do if your child gets food poisoning - and how to prevent it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/food-poisoning.html/3574049c-833d-4fb5-b597-6a9d1c4aae09
Food Safety for Your FamilyWhy is food safety important? And how can you be sure your kitchen and the foods you prepare in it are safe?https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/food-safety.html/0caf1e5d-2bda-4ba7-8855-560f9e30f791
StomachachesLots of different problems can cause similar kinds of stomach pain - not all of them related to the digestive system. Here are some clues about what could be going on.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/stomachaches.html/f9b9598e-0232-4add-9fea-e6a8591cb740
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