Gastrointestinal infection / diarrhea


Diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting may occur.

Risk of infection:

Vomiting and diarrhea are often very contagious.


  • Giving enough to drink by offering frequent sips of liquid
    → Sweetened or unsweetened tea, water with dextrose. For infants, infant milk or breast milk. If necessary, electrolyte solutions can help (Oralpädon, Normalytoral, Elotrans) or the WHO one-third solution (1/3 orange juice, 1/3 black tea, 1/3 tap water, 1 pinch of salt and a soup spoon of dextrose) per liter - cold in small quantities.
  • Relieve abdominal pain with a hot water bottle
  • Rest
  • No personal contact with immunocompromised persons
  • Rusks, pretzel sticks, bananas, light food (low fat) in small amounts (If the child has no appetite, there is no need to worry about this. Drinking is currently more important)
  • Avoid fruit juices, cow's milk, or hard-to-digest foods for short periods of time
  • Careful hand hygiene

Report to docter if:

  • bloody vomit or bloody diarrhea
  • if your child refuses fluids or urinates less than 3x/day
  • if the child is weak and apathetic even without fever
  • as long as none of these criteria are met, no medication is usually necessary

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