Diarrhea and vomiting


When infectious agents enter the digestive system, the body reacts to this by emptying the stomach and intestines. Vomiting and diarrhea are the result. While these symptoms can occur separately, they often go together.

The cause of diarrhea and vomiting

The most common cause of diarrhea and vomiting is infection of the digestive system. It is gastroenteritis or gastrointestinal catarrh called. Gastroenteritis can be caused by eating food contaminated with bacteria or viruses (food poisoning), but also from a viral infection that you have taken from someone else. Such infections may last between two hours and three days and are often accompanied by abdominal pain, fever and weakness.

Diarrhea, nausea and vomiting are sometimes side effects of antibiotics, which destroy the harmless bacteria in the gut that help digest food. If you all morning have diarrhea, you can be examined it is best to.

Vomiting in itself can have many different causes, For example, high fever in children or travel sickness, but can also be a side effect of drugs, alcohol or other toxic substances. If vomiting has to do with a stomach- or bowel disease, is usually accompanied by clearer signs.

Treatment of diarrhea

If you have a food poisoning have, stay calm and drink regularly are some of a solution to prevent drying out. If symptoms decrease, You can gradually shift to liquid food if you tolerate this again. Do not take any medicine for diarrhea in, because the excretion of harmful organisms slow.

Especially babies, children and elderly people have diarrhea and vomiting to dry the chance. This must be countered quickly, otherwise a dangerous situation there. This can be provided by additional moisture. They must per day 1 to 1,5 l re-hydratievloeistof take it to them. You can buy it in powder form and self add water, but you can also make your own solution: half a teaspoon of salt, two teaspoons of sugar and a quarter teaspoon of baking soda in a pint of water.

Consult your doctor for children under two years, if the diarrhea and vomiting for more than two days and signs of dehydration: drowsiness, deep-set eyes and dry skin.