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Vomiting and Diarrhoea

The most common cause of vomiting and diarrhea in children is gastroenteritis, whichmeans inflammation of the stomach and intestines. In the vast majority of cases a child with vomiting and diarrhea will be suffering from some form of gastroenteritis. This chapter will therefore concentrate on gastroenteritis, but also discusses warning signs and symptoms of other causes of vomiting and diarrhea in children. This chapter presents excellent reading for all emergency nurses.

Contents include

  • Causes of vomiting and diarrhoea
  • Signs and symptoms of gastroenteritis
  • Causes of gastroenteritis
  • Dehydration
  • Management
  • Prevention of spread
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Gerry has many years of paediatric nursing experience, including 16 years in the Emergency Department of the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne. The last 10 years at this renowned hospital were spent as a clinical nurse educator. Gerry currently works part-time as a paediatric nurse educator at the Angliss Hospital in Melbourne and runs her own business in paediatric health education. Her teaching is consistently highly evaluated by participants who attend her lectures. Gerry is also the author of the highly successful Ausmed book entitled Care of Sick Children: A Basic Guide.

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