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Pediatric Gastroenteritis

Gastroenteritis is an infection that can cause a variety of digestive issues, including diarrhea, stomach cramping and vomiting.

What is Pediatric Gastroenteritis?

Gastroenteritis is typically a short-term (acute) illness that is triggered by infection and inflammation of the digestive system. If a child is generally healthy, they should recover fairly easily. However, if a child has a compromised (weakened) immune system, recovery from gastroenteritis may take longer.

What are the different types of Pediatric Gastroenteritis?

The main types of gastroenteritis include:


Bacterial type is caused by bacteria.


Parasitic type is caused by a parasite.


Viral is also known as the stomach flu, this type is caused by a virus.

What are the signs and symptoms of Pediatric Gastroenteritis?

What are the causes of Pediatric Gastroenteritis?

Gastroenteritis has a variety of potential causes, including:

  • Bacteria – spread through ingesting harmful bacteria, such as by consuming contaminated food or drink
  • Parasite – spread through ingesting a parasite, such as by drinking contaminated water
  • Virus – spread through coming into close contact with an infected person, including  bodily fluids like saliva

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