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Is distended stomach and gas normal after a stomach infection?

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Hello, My son is about 2 1/2 years old and recently recovered from a severe stomach virus where he ate very little, threw up a lot (24 hours) and had diarrhea (4 days.) He has been symptom free for a week but seemed to have developed a distended stomach in the last three days, along with gas. He has had several bowel movements (4 last night) which is uncharacteristic. Should I be concerned?
Posted Mon, 17 Mar 2014 in Child Health
Answered by Dr. Eric Goldstein 23 minutes later
Brief Answer: Residual Viral Sympyoms Detailed Answer: Hello. Thank you for your question. The most important thing regarding your son, is his comfort. It's not uncommon for certain symptoms, even mild ones, to persist after the illness is gone for several days or even a couple of weeks. But as long as he is comfortable, eating as per usual, there is no cause for concern.
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Sounds good. Thanks.
Answered by Dr. Eric Goldstein 9 minutes later
Brief Answer: You're welcome Detailed Answer: You're quite welcome. And thank you for the question.
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