Wednesday, October 19, 2011

What to do while Vomiting and Diarrhea:
No one wants to suffer with vomiting and diarrhea! Here are some suggestions for minimizing symptoms and recovering as quickly as possible:
  • Rest your stomach- eat nothing for 1-2 hours
  • Add clear liquids slowly: water, ice chips, diluted apple juice, soda pop (leave open so bubbles dissipate or stir them out), clear broth
  • Later on add crackers or toast
  • Avoid milk products, spicy and fatty foods and raw vegetables
  • Avoid Brufen tablet, Paracetamol is ok for pain or fever
  • As above, add bananas, rice, apple sauce and plain pasta
  • Start regular diet as tolerated
  • Loperamide is ok for diarrhea
When should I worry? When should I consult doctor
While most cases of vomiting and diarrhea go away on their own, here are some danger signs you should look out for:
  • Dehydration (infrequent urination, dry mouth, dizziness, weakness)
  • Fever over 100 degrees
  • Severe headache or abdominal pain
  • Blood in the stools or vomit
  • Vomiting longer than 6 to 8 hours, diarrhea more than 3 days
If you experience any of these symptoms visit nearby hospital
How do I keep others from getting sick?
The close quarters in residences help the bacteria and viruses that cause vomiting and diarrhea spread. Therefore it is important that you to inform nearby PHC right away and you do the following for the next 2 weeks:
  • Do not share food, water bottles and eating utensils
  • Wash hands thoroughly and frequently with soap
  • Use disinfectant spray provided in bathrooms to mist all
    surfaces that you touched after you use them – sink, faucet, toilet seat, door handles, doors
  • Use clean up kits to clean up any soiled areas follow
    directions, use gloves,
  • Wash soiled clothing and articles promptly

Please note : Don’t take any self medication, These advice for only emergency purpose

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