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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 over 40 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 then worked for 16 years part-time as a paediatric nurse educator at the Angliss Hospital in Melbourne’s east and also ran her own business in paediatric health education. She retired from clinical nursing in December 2017 but continues with her teaching to nurses and community groups. Her teaching is consistently highly evaluated by participants who at...

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