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Vomiting, diarrhea with clay colored stool. Due to stomach virus?

My 2 children and now I have been suffering from what seems to be a stomach virus. The kids had vomiting along with diarrea and now they are passing very loose and clay colored stools . I as well am experiencing the same symptoms except I never vomited. Is the clay colored stool normal with stomach virus? Should I call our doctors?
Asked On : Fri, 1 Mar 2013
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Hello, thanks for using health care magic.
Diarrhea and vomiting are common symptoms of gut affections. There are two most probable causes of the symptoms; viral infection or food poisoning. Viral gastroenteritis usually resolves within a few days except in people who are immuno compromised and may present with low grade fever. Treatment relies on oral rehydration principally and increase calories intake and consumption of stool hardening substances such bananas and carrots. Anti vomiting drugs might be needed if the vomiting persist and is a concern.
Food poisoning is due to ingestion of contaminated food by bacterial or bacterial toxins and usually rehydration is the main treatment as well unless in situation accompanied with bloody stools and or fever. With bloody stools and fever, immediate medical attention will be required together with stool test and prescription of antibiotics.
For now, if there is no fever, nor bloody stools nor excessive watery stools, there is no need to worry, simple rehydrate with oral rehydration salt, take bananas and carrots and increase calories intake.
Best regards and hope this helps you.
Dr Achuo A. M.
Answered: Sat, 2 Mar 2013
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