Everything you need to know about vomit and diarrhea

Pediatrician Tanya Altmann, MD, FAAP, shares advice for parents on how to best treat your child's vomiting and diarrhea
What Parents Should Know About Their Child's Vomiting and Diarrhea
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Everything you need to know about vomit and diarrhea

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Vomiting and diarrhea are often one of parent’s least favorite illnesses that your children come home with. It’s never fun when your child’s throwing up or there’s massive diarrhea coming out the other end. What can you do? Well the most important thing is to keep them hydrated which isn’t easy when they’re throwing up. I usually recommend giving very tiny amounts of fluids, really small like one teaspoon every 15 minutes. If your child can't even keep down one teaspoon of fluids every 15 minutes, then they should probably be seen because children can get dehydrated very quickly and often they may need some IV fluids, but if you can keep your child hydrated at home, typically the vomiting will run its course. Often vomiting and diarrhea are illnesses will start up with vomiting for a day, on and off tummy pain and followed by diarrhea. Diarrhea can last anywhere from a day even to a week or more. Once your child is no longer throwing up, the diarrhea slows down, they’re drinking fluids and feeling better, then they can return to their usual real activities including school.

Pediatrician Tanya Altmann, MD, FAAP, shares advice for parents on how to best treat your child's vomiting and diarrhea

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Tanya Altmann, MD, FAAP

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A leading medical authority for the popular press and entertainment industry, Dr. Tanya Altmann is a best-selling author, parenting expert and media spokesperson. A working mother and UCLA-trained pediatrician who practices in Southern California, Dr. Tanya is a designated spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, communicating complicated medical issues into easily understood concepts.  She is a child health expert for numerous news programs and talk shows including Today (NBC), and KTLA (CW Los Angeles). She stays on the cutting edge through her position as an Assistant Clinical Professor at Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA, as the Chief Medical Advisor for the Newborn Channel and her private practice.

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