It is natural that food poisoning in children makes parents worried. But don't panic. The following ways can help overcome food poisoning in children quickly: you know.
Food poisoning can happen to anyone, including children. Food poisoning in children is more common in children under five years of age (toddlers). This is because the digestive and immune systems of children under five are not functioning optimally.
Causes of Poisoning in Children
Food poisoning is usually caused by germs that enter the child's body through the food or drink they consume. Bacteria that are often the cause of food poisoning in children are: E. Coli, Salmonella, and Listeria.
Some foods and drinks that are at high risk of causing food poisoning are fresh, unpasteurized milk, raw meat, raw fish in sashimi or sushi, and vegetables or fruit that are not washed thoroughly before consumption.
The Right Way to Overcome Poisoning in Children
Food poisoning is usually characterized by symptoms of nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, weakness, diarrhea, and fever. Food poisoning in children usually goes away on its own in less than two days.
However, you can also help your little one to deal with food poisoning in the following ways:
1. Give him lots of water
When food poisoning, children are more susceptible to dehydration. To prevent this, give your little one to drink lots of water. Mothers can give water in small amounts, but with a more frequent frequency.
2. Feed him in small portions
If your little one is no longer nauseous, you can start giving him easy-to-digest foods, such as unflavored biscuits, bananas, or bread, in small portions. But if he gets nauseous again, stop feeding him first, right, Bun.
3. Ensuring children get enough rest
Dehydration and other symptoms of food poisoning can cause your child to feel tired and weak. To restore his energy, you need to make sure your little one gets enough rest.
4. Do not give over-the-counter diarrhea medicine
If your little one has diarrhea, you should not give him over-the-counter diarrhea medicine. Taking diarrhea medicine will actually make food poisoning take longer to heal.
Mothers can prevent food poisoning in children by getting them used to washing their hands before eating, and not giving raw food and unpasteurized milk.
Also, make sure the fruits and vegetables are thoroughly washed before serving. Don't forget to check the expiration date, smell and taste of food before giving it to your little one.
Although food poisoning in children can heal on its own, Mothers should immediately check with your child's doctor if he has a high fever (above 38°C), bloody stools, vomiting continuously for more than 12 hours, or decreased consciousness.