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Vomiting and Diarrhea (Diarrhea and Acute Gastroenteritis)

Donna D'Alessandro, M.D.
Lindsay Huth, B.A.
Peer Review Status: Internally Reviewed
Creation Date: October 2001
Last Revision Date: April 2002

Common Questions, Quick Answers

What is diarrhea and acute gastroenteritis?

What causes vomiting and diarrhea?

Are vomiting and diarrhea contagious?

How are vomiting and diarrhea treated?
Controlling your child's intake of food and liquid can help stop his vomiting and diarrhea.

Most vomiting will stop within about 8-12 hours with the right care. Some doctors recommend using an oral rehydration solution (ORS) as described below. Other doctors recommend taking the following steps:


Oral rehydration solution (ORS)

When should I call the doctor?
If you have questions or concerns about your child's condition, call the doctor. If your child is very dehydrated, he needs immediate attention.

Call the doctor if…

Go to the emergency room if…

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