How do you treat a baby’s stomach infection?
Most babies and kids won’t need treatment for the stomach flu. There’s no specific treatment for the viruses that cause it. (Keep in mind that antibiotics only work against bacteria — they can’t treat viruses.) Unless your doctor recommends it, don’t give your child antidiarrheal and anti-nausea medications.
How does a baby get a stomach infection?
Bacterial infection or a parasite: Your child may have ingested food or drink that’s contaminated. Your child can also get sick after coming in contact with infected fecal matter and then putting his hands in his mouth. This sounds gross, but it happens a lot with young kids.
How can I prevent my baby’s stomach infection?
Follow these easy steps:
- Get your child vaccinated against rotavirus, which is the most common cause of gastroenteritis.
- Wash hands often with warm soap and water, especially when you use the bathroom, change diapers, and before and after you handle food. …
- Wash all fruits and vegetables before eating them.
How long does stomach infection last?
Depending on the cause, viral gastroenteritis symptoms may appear within one to three days after you’re infected and can range from mild to severe. Symptoms usually last just a day or two, but occasionally they may persist as long as 10 days.
How do you know if your baby has a stomach infection?
Typical symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Sometimes headache and low-grade fever may occur.
What is the best antibiotic for stomach infection?
Most mild infections will recover without antibiotics. Moderate to severe cases should be treated with antibiotics. Ampicillin is preferred for drug-sensitive strains. For ampicillin-resistant strains or in cases of penicillin allergy, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole is the drug of choice, although resistance does occur.
How long can a stomach virus last in a baby?
A stomach flu usually lasts between one and three days. Vomiting typically lasts for less than 24 hours. However, if your child’s symptoms continue for more than 5 days, you should call your pediatrician.
What can I give my baby for a stomach virus?
Your doctor may recommend that you give your child bland foods for the first 24 hours. Bland foods include bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, saltine crackers and unsweetened cereals. If your child does well with these foods, you can add other foods over the next 48 hours.
What can cause bacterial infection in babies?
Most infections in newborn babies are caused by bacteria, and some by viruses. A mother’s birth canal contains bacteria, especially if they have an active infection. During childbirth, the baby can swallow or breathe in the fluid in the birth canal, and bacteria or viruses can get into their lungs and blood.
What kills the stomach virus?
CDC recommends using bleach to kill it, including chlorine bleach or hydrogen peroxide. That’s why health departments often require restaurants to use bleach to clean countertops and kitchen surfaces. It’s also able to survive being dried out.