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Preventing Stomach Issues in Babies

Dr Manoj Yadav
0 to 1 years

Created by Dr. Manoj Yadav
Updated on Oct 12, 2020

Reviewed by Expert panel

Stomach problems are common in babies. This can lead to poor appetite, diarrhea, stomach pain, vomiting, low-grade fever and abdominal cramps. Stomach infection or gastroenteritis is a condition in which the gastrointestinal tract gets infected. The inflammation of the stomach and intestines can bring about diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and stomach pain.

Common causes of stomach infection in children are Viruses, Bacteria (Food Poisoning) and Intestinal Parasites. Most of the stomach issues are closely linked to food intake. A low-fiber diet, lack of fluids or exercise, poor bowel habits, irritable bowel syndrome are some reasons. Sometimes, the causes could also be Potty training stress, 

You can prevent stomach infection in children by following the below mentioned preventive measures

- Follow strict personal hygiene

  • Consume a fiber rich diet

  • Drink plenty of water

  • Wash the hands with soap and water before eating food

  • Wash the vegetables and fruits thoroughly

  • Keep the kitchen countertops and utensils neat and clean.

  • Prefer home cooked food.

  • Never keep the food open, make sure it is well covered.

  • Don't give greasy or spicy food

  • No to soft drinks, carbonated drinks and sugary juices

Rest, fiber rich diet and adequate fluids are important to treat mild stomach infection in children. However, children with more severe symptoms and those who are at risk of severe dehydration need close monitoring. 


Watch this as Pediatrician Dr. Manoj Yadav talks of stomach infections in children and how you should go about it. 

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This content has been checked & validated by Doctors and Experts of the parentune Expert panel. Our panel consists of Neonatologist, Gynecologist, Peadiatrician, Nutritionist, Child Counselor, Education & Learning Expert, Physiotherapist, Learning disability Expert and Developmental Pead.

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