Health Tip: If Your Child Develops Food Poisoning

Suggestions for at-home care

(HealthDay News) -- If your child develops a bad case of food poisoning, it can take a few days of TLC before he feels better.

The Nemours Foundation offers these tips for the parents of a child with food poisoning:

  • Encourage lots of rest.
  • Offer plenty of fluids to help prevent dehydration. Electrolyte solutions and most beverages are fine, but avoid caffeine or milk.
  • Have your child take frequent but small sips of fluids.
  • Skip dairy products and solid foods until any diarrhea has subsided.
  • Don't give the child any over-the-counter anti-diarrheal medications. Such medicines can actually prolong symptoms.
  • Once major symptoms subside, offer small amounts of low-fat, bland foods for several days.
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