Illness is the bane of all happy families. We all love our children dearly and hence, it is one of our core responsibilities to keep them out of harm’s way.
An illness of any kind is unacceptable to parents, especially with such advancements in medical technologies, where parents know that they can keep their child free of all kinds of illnesses. One such major disease is gastroenteritis, an inflammation of the digestive tract that results in vomiting, diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps and eventually dehydration. As bad as it may sound and seem, there are some very easy methods of preventing this disease.
Here is a list of things one can do to prevent gastroenteritis in babies.
1. The best way to avoid gastroenteritis is to ensure a child’s hands are washed and kept germ-free as often as possible and make sure to avoid feeding them improperly stored food.
2. For babies, diaper changing areas should be disinfected with a freshly prepared solution of household bleach.
3. Breastfeeding is also an effective way to help prevent this disease.
4. Dehydration can be prevented by encouraging the child to drink fluids, even if it is in small, frequent amounts.
5. Lastly, there are vaccinations available, known as the rotavirus vaccine, which helps build immunity against the virus that causes this illness.
Following the above-mentioned points will definitely help you keep your child safe from this disease and keep that smile on their face. It’s as they say, “Prevention is always better than cure.” However, if by any chance the child does get gastroenteritis, there is obviously the question of how to tackle the illness and how to cure it. The following points shed some light on the ways you can cure the illness and keep him/her comfortable.
1. The first and most important concern is to prevent dehydration. Children should be encouraged to drink water and other fluids.
2. In the case of infants, they should continue breastfeeding or drink formula in addition to an oral electrolyte solution. Moreover, in no condition should young children be given juices, cold drinks or any other caffeinated drinks.
3. If the child is vomiting, his/her diet should immediately be switched to liquids, starting with small quantities for easy digestion and mineral absorption so the vomiting can be controlled.
4. Antibiotics are of no use if the cause of the disease is a virus and thus, the child should not be given unnecessary medicines before the doctor’s consultation.
5. Probiotics such as lactobacillus (present in curd) may help ease diarrhoea if given soon after the illness starts.6. Lastly, if the condition worsens, no time must be wasted to consult the doctor and take the child to the hospital if it is necessary.