Stomach flu is a common virus infection in young children. Usually the child is listless,especially after
It is important to avoid dehydration which is dangerous and can even be fatal. However,the vast majority of children cope with a stomach flu without dehydration or going near a doctor or a hospital.
For most children who are healthy and well-nourished before the flu starts,the risk of serious dehydration depends on excessive loss of fluid rather than a failure to take in fluids.
Any healthy child, even a baby, can safely go for up to 12 hours or more without drinking much, as long as there are no fluids being lost by
A child with gastro-enteritis usually cannot keep much fluid down for the first 12 hours or so, but parents should keep offering frequent small sips of flat ginger ale or diluted apple juice (a tbsp. every 15 min to start) and than gradually increase the amount as tolerated. Pediatric authorities recommend giving special ‘rehydration’ fluid for children,which you can buy at any drugstore.