baby gastro


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What is gastro ?

An intestinal infected by a virus is called gastro. Gastro is usually caused by a virus common virus. Common viruses are rotavirus and adenovirus but there are many others. It is also known as “stomach flu” because there are many viruses that cause it, baby can get gastro more than once.

baby gastro
baby gastro

Infants younger than 15 weeks of age   the rotavirus vaccination free of charge. This protects against one of the most common causes of gastro in babies.

Babies under six months old can become will quickly with gastro they need extra fluids to replace the fluids lost by diarrhea and vomiting. It is important for the fluids to be taken even if the diarrhea seems to get worse. It will help if you :

  • Offers babies a drink every time they vomit
  • Give small amounts of fluids often if your child is vomiting a lot(a mouthful every 15 minutes)

If your baby has gastroenteritis, he/she may have diarrhea, vomiting ,abdominal pain, fever, chills and achiness .The babies  symptoms may be mild or severe, and they may last for just a few hours or for days, depending  on the infections.

If bacteria or a parasite is to blame, then your baby may have ingested contaminated food or any liquid. Another way your baby may  have picked up the illness is by coming with infected fecal matter and then putting her hands in his/her mouth. Remember that gums are microscopic, so even when a babies hands don’t look dirty, they may be covered with bacteria.

So let us make safe your babies from the causes of gastroenteritis. There are some of the remedies to  be followed on how to treat your babies with gastro.


If you are breastfeeding, continue to do this but feed more often. You can give an oral rehydration solution ( eg: gastrolyte™, hydrolyte™, pedialyte  or repalyte ) as well.

gastro food
gastro food

If bottle feeding , give oral rehydration solution or clear fluids for the first  12 hours , then give normal formula in small, but more frequent amounts. Offer  babies a drink every time they vomit.


Give small amounts of clear fluid often i.e. a few mouth every 15 minutes for all children with diarrhea or vomiting and especially if your child is vomiting a lot. Give older children one cup(around 150-200ml) of  fluid for every big vomit or episodes of diarrhea.

Gastrolyte , hydralyte,pedialyte and repalyte are different types of oral rehydration fluids that can be used to replace fluids and body salts. These are the best option if your child is dehydrated. For mild gastro without dehydration you can also gie water or diluted cordial, but do not give sports drinks, lucozade, or undiluted lemonade, cordials, or fruit juices.


Your baby may refuse food at first. This is not a problem as long as clear fluids are taken. Doctors now suggest there is no need to restrict food. Generally, if your baby is hungry at anytime, give them the food they feel like eating. Do not stop food for more than 24 hours.


If your baby is at least six moths old, to dehydrate her, you can give her sips of:

  • Water
  • Oral rehydration solutions(ORS)
  • Coconut water(nariyal pani)
  • Buttermilk (chaach)
  • Diluted pomegranate (aam) juice or apple (seb) juice


  • Baby with mild gastro can be looke after at home. The main treatment is to keep your babies drinking fluids often. This is needed to replace fluid lost due to the vomiting and diarrhea. Its is important for the fluids to be given even if the diarrhea seems to get worse. Do not withhold drinks from your baby  if they are thirsty.
  • Your baby or child is infectious so wash your hands well with soap and warm water, particularly before feeding and after nappy changes.
  • Keep your baby away from other children as much as possible until the diarrhea has stopped.


Always call your pediatrician if you suspect that your baby is unwell, especially if your child is under six months. Also call if your baby has been vomiting for more than two days(or) has blood in her stool, or you think she’s excessively fussy. Use your doctor’s guidelines for phoning in the event of a fever. Also call your doctor if your baby shows any of the classic signs of dehydration.

  • Decreased urination (more than sis hours without a wet diaper)
  • Excessive sleepiness (or) fussiness
  • Wrinkled skin
  • Sunken eyes
  • Dry lips
  • Crying without tears etc

“PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE” to this proverb let us see how to prevent your baby from the spread of  gastro

You can prevent the spread of gastro to other people if you:

  • Make sure everyone in the family washes their hands regularly, especially after they use the toilet and before they eat
  • Wash your babies hands with warm water and soap after they use the toilet and before and after they eat.
  • Wash your hands before you feed and after you change your babies nappies
  • Keep your baby away from other children as much as possible until the diarrhea has stopped.

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  1. I do agree with all the ideas you have offered to your post. They are very convincing and can definitely work. Still, the posts are very quick for beginners. Could you please extend them a bit from subsequent time? Thank you for the post.

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