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Obese child with vomiting, diarrhea and acne. How can I avoid dehydration?

Hi. I am 12, 5-9, and 200 lbs. I recently saw a friend who had a stomach virus. I caught it. I am sensitive to stomach viruses. I vomited 6 times and had diarrhea about 2. I woke up at 9:30 to see that I had an acne like rash covering my face. I stopped vomiting 3 hours ago. Also, how can I rehydrate without loosing more fluids.
Asked On : Wed, 10 Apr 2013
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HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

Gastroenteritis can be caused by viruses or bacteria. It is most commonly caused by viruses. Viral illnesses can sometimes be associated with rash and may be the reason for the rash you have at this moment. The rash would generally resolve soon after or before the illness resolves.

In terms of rehydration, you are right in assuming this is the most important aspect of treatment of gastroenteritis.
You can use small amounts of fluids initially because the stomach may still be irritated or inflammed. Try about a 1 tbs first, every few minutes for an hour, if you tolerate this then you can use more.
If you use fluids for a few hours (about 4) and there are no episodes of vomiting or diarrhoea , then you may want to move on to dry foods.

I hope this helps
Answered: Wed, 10 Apr 2013
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