A to Z: Gastroenteritisenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgGastroenteritis is an infection that causes vomiting and diarrhea.gastroenteritis, flu, stomach flu, influenza, vomiting, diarrhea, infection, stomach infection, stool test, stool sample, CD1Primary Care, CD1Gastroenterology03/27/201304/01/201909/02/2019b707a5f7-279d-4a7d-ae09-d078434acdddhttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-gastroenteritis.html/<p><em>May also be called: Stomach Flu</em></p> <p>Gastroenteritis is an infection that causes <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vomit.html/">vomiting</a> and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/diarrhea.html/">diarrhea</a>.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>Gastroenteritis can be due to&nbsp;an infection with a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/germs.html/">virus, bacteria</a>, or parasites. Also called the "stomach <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/flu.html/">flu</a>," it is contagious and spreads easily in childcare and schools. It often also causes&nbsp;fever.</p> <p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/labtest8.html/">Stool</a> samples might be tested for bacteria or parasites if there is blood in the stool (poop). Antibiotics are usually not needed except for certain types of infections in young infants and in people with immune problems.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Gastroenteritis usually is not serious and generally lasts a few days. The greatest risk from gastroenteritis is <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dehydration.html/">dehydration</a>, so it's most important to stay hydrated with plenty of fluids. Young kids are at the highest risk for dehydration.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
DehydrationDehydration is when the amount of water in the body has dropped too low. Read about what causes dehydration, what it does to your body, and how to prevent it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/dehydration.html/4dbb09f6-59a5-4398-a00e-944efd28f3d3
DiarrheaMost kids battle diarrhea from time to time, so it's important to know what to do to relieve and even prevent it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/diarrhea.html/38efbf41-ac94-4d02-be5d-365f9b03cc12
E. ColiUndercooked burgers and unwashed produce are among the foods that can harbor E. coli bacteria and lead to infection and severe diarrhea. Here's how to protect yourself.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/e-coli.html/e50859c8-aed8-4e36-80cf-946493dc4f12
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
Germs: Bacteria, Viruses, Fungi, and ProtozoaGerms are tiny organisms that can cause disease - and they're so small that they can creep into your system without you noticing. Find out how to protect yourself.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/care-about-germs.html/59b8feef-766a-4272-ac83-38140b1d176a
Hand Washing: Why It's So ImportantWashing your hands well and often is the best way to keep from getting sick. Here's how to teach this all-important habit to your kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hand-washing.html/1751c1fa-461c-4b39-9003-a19c00f8549d
VomitingMost vomiting is caused by gastroenteritis, and usually isn't serious. These home-care tips can help prevent dehydration.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vomit.html/20a54ee4-1e9e-4822-9631-614f8e08d622
What Are Germs?You know they can hurt you, but what are these invisible creatures? Find out in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/germs.html/cd877075-9d39-4c9a-b4f8-d67cb341050f
Why Do I Need to Wash My Hands?Washing your hands is the best way to stop germs from spreading. Learn all about the best way to wash your hands in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/wash-hands.html/ae19eff8-ac7c-44be-bd9f-b2efe6953f6d
Word! GastroenteritisFeeling sick to your stomach?https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/word-gastroenteritis.html/192d04b6-3469-4bf9-8d7e-438cf4de2ac5
Word! Nausea"Ooh, I'm sick to my stomach!" is another way of putting it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/word-nausea.html/c8c8fcbd-43ea-4dee-b21d-ade9a6af2ea1
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