Vomiting & Diarrhea
Vomiting & Diarrhea
What causes vomiting and diarrhea?
Vomiting and diarrhea (loose, watery bowel motions) are often caused by a gastrointestinal (gut) infection – commonly known as gastro or stomach flu. When a person experiences vomiting and diarrhea, they lose a large amount of fluid and electrolytes.
Associated Symptoms of Vomiting and Diarrhea
Some of the symptoms associated with vomiting and diarrhea can include nausea, fever, loose stool, abdominal pains or bloating. In most cases, vomiting and diarrhea just causes discomfort and many people stop experiencing symptoms after 3 days. However, when taking Hydralyte to manage dehydration caused by vomiting and diarrhea, it important to seek medical assistance if:
- vomiting or diarrhea continues for more than 12 hours in children under 3 years
- vomiting or diarrhea continues for more than 24 hours in children 3 years to adults.
- you have kidney disease, are taking heart or blood pressure medicine, or are pregnant, discuss with your doctor before taking Hydralyte.
FACT: Dehydration is the biggest health risk associated with vomiting and diarrhea.
The dehydration process:
How to Know if You’re dehydrated
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, your body could be dehydrated.
- Increased thirst
- Fatigue / Lethargy
- Dark yellow urine, or decreased urine output
- Sticky or dry mouth
- Loss of skin elasticity
What is stomach flu and what are the symptoms?
Stomach flu (or gastro) is an infection of the gut, which causes vomiting and diarrhea (loose, watery bowel motions) – viral or bacterial infections are often to blame. You usually catch stomach flu if you eat or drink food or water that is contaminated with infections (caused by bacteria, viruses or parasites). You can also catch it if you come in contact with a person who is unwell, such as by breathing in vomit particles that spray into the air (they can fly as far as 10 feet!).
Other names for stomach flu infections include – gastro, food poisoning, travelers’ diarrhea, gastro flu, norovirus, Montezuma’s revenge.
Dehydration is the BIGGEST health risk associated with stomach flu. When you get dehydrated you feel symptoms such as a dry mouth, thirst, dizziness, tiredness and headaches. If dehydration becomes severe, you can end up in hospital on a fluid drip. Dehydration occurs more quickly for small babies, children and older people.
*Mild dehydration, 4% fluid deficit, in a 176 lbs adult.
Relieving Symptoms of Dehydration due to Vomiting and Diarrhea
Vomiting and diarrhea can lead to an increase in the amount of fluids and electrolytes that your body loses. With both vomiting and diarrhea, the most important steps to take is to replenish those fluids and electrolytes. By staying properly hydrated you can relieve some of the mild to moderate symptoms of dehydration caused by vomiting and diarrhea. Vomiting and Diarrhea usually subsides within a few days, in the case of it lasting longer than 12 hours in children under 3 or 24 hours in children 3 years to adults, seek help from a medical professional.
Avoid foods and drinks that may aggravate your symptoms. Foods that are greasy, high in fat or very high in fiber can make your diarrhea worse. Try to stay away from dairy products such as milks and cheeses, as your body might have trouble digesting them. Opt for a diet of mainly liquids that you sip slowly, to ensure you stay hydrated.
Hydralyte Effervescent Tablets are a great way to replace fluid and electrolytes that are lost due to vomiting and diarrhea.