Gastroenteritis in Adults and Older Children - Topic Overview
How can you prevent gastroenteritis?
thing you can do to keep from catching
gastroenteritis from someone else is to make a habit
of washing your hands often. This is especially important after you use the
bathroom, after you change a baby's diaper, and before you eat or prepare
Don't share personal items like forks and spoons,
toothbrushes, and towels. Try not to be around others who have stomach flu.
Keep your hands away from your nose, eyes, and mouth.
prevent food poisoning by taking steps to make sure your food is not
Wash cutting boards and countertops often with hot, soapy
water. Consider using disinfectant sprays or wipes on your counters.
Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold.
Do not eat meats, dressings, salads, or other foods that have
been kept at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
Use a thermometer to check your refrigerator. It should be
between 34°F (1.1°C) and
Defrost meats in the refrigerator or microwave, not on the
Cook meat until it is well done.
Do not eat raw eggs or uncooked sauces made with raw eggs.
Do not take chances. If food looks or tastes spoiled, throw it
Be extra careful when you travel. In some countries, you may
not want to drink water from the tap (including ice cubes) or eat any raw