First Aid for Vomiting and Diarrhea

  posted by: Dennis


vomiting and diarrheaVomiting and diarrhea are not illnesses themselves, instead they are accompanying symptoms of underlying conditions which ranges from less serious such as alcohol hangover and during pregnancy to more serious ones like food poisoning and stomach flu due to unhealthy cooking. Actually, there may be more causes that can be linked to its occurrence, but whatever the causes are can be very disturbing especially for a baby, toddler, or an elderly since they are at high risk for dehydration.  In this instance, one must know how to apply first aid for vomiting and diarrhea.  Here’s how.

First Aid for Vomiting and Diarrhea

  1. Since you are watching put for dehydration, make sure to give the patient plenty of fluids particularly clear ones.  Never give alcohol or caffeinated drinks as this may aggravate dehydration even more.       Sports drink may also be given to replace lost electrolytes during diarrheic and vomiting episodes.
  2. Limit consumption of food for the first two hours of the incident to give your stomach time to recover.  After two hours, have a soft diet which consists of gelatin.  Gelatin is another source of fluid which may help as treatment for the condition.
  3. For adults, over the counter medications may be taken to stop vomiting and nausea as well as diarrhea which can put a stop on the annoying feeling.
  4. There are oral rehydration salts that can be drank to prevent diarrhea or you can make one on your own by  mixing in a teaspoon of salt, five teaspoons of sugar, and a liter of water. Then drink a glass after every two hours.

Moreover, treatment also involves providing comfort to the patient since this may give one extreme discomfort.  Moreover, medical advice should be sought immediately especially when signs of shock are noted.  Severe dehydration may cause loss of consciousness so CPR may be given provided that the responder is trained in doing so. Stay healthy!




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Date: March 24, 2011 | Category: General Health
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