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How do you prevent dehydration from gastroenteritis?

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To prevent dehydration from gastroenteritis:

Give a child an oral rehydration solution. Call your health care provider for age-appropriate dosing specifics.

Give an adult as much clear fluid as possible.

The person should drink fluids slowly in frequent, small amounts. Drinking too much, too fast can worsen nausea.

From: Gastroenteritis Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Viral Gastroenteritis."

PeaceHealth: "Gastroenteritis in Adults and Older Children."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Treating Gastroenteritis and Dehydration in Your Child."

Gastroenteritis Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 16, 2017

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Viral Gastroenteritis."

PeaceHealth: "Gastroenteritis in Adults and Older Children."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Treating Gastroenteritis and Dehydration in Your Child."

Gastroenteritis Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 16, 2017

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