Has the patient been vomiting for more than 12 hours?
Has there been diarrhea for more than 48 hours?
Is the patient becoming dehydrated?
ACTIVITIES: Reduce activity until vomiting, diarrhea, and fever are gone. You do not have to stay in bed if you feel like being up.
MEDICATIONS: Most patients will not need medications for vomiting or diarrhea. Tylenol or Ibuprofen may be taken for fever, but do not take any other medicines (even simple ones you buy without a prescription) without telling your doctor.
DIET: Get the vomiting under control first. Take frequent small sips of cold, clear liquids till the vomiting and nausea have stopped. Take at least a teaspoonful every minute to prevent dehydration. Infants and small children should be given Pedialyte or Ricelyte.
CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR FOR ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:
1. The temperature is over 103 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. You see no improvement after 24 hours.
3. There is a seizure (convulsion).
4. You have trouble breathing.
5. You see blood in bowel movement.
6. Signs of dehydration occur: Dry mouth, tearless or sunken eyes, little or no urine.
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