Eating contaminated food can lead to food poisoning symptoms in kids. Here's more on how to prevent food poisoning in children, some home remedies for relief, and when to call the doctor.
Food is the key to maintaining good health. A hygienic, healthy and well-balanced diet provides a child with all the essential nutrients required for growth and development. But when children consume contaminated food, they can fall prey to food poisoning. Almost every child suffers from food poisoning at least once in his lifetime. And although most cases of food poisoning resolve on their own, complications do occur in some instances. Let's take a look at food poisoning in children in some detail.
There are two common causes of food poisoning in kids:
The signs and symptoms of food poisoning depend on the cause of poisoning. They can start to show up anywhere from an hour to a few hours after eating the contaminated food.
Some of the usual signs of mild food poisoning are:
Some life-threatening symptoms of food poisoning include:
You can prevent food poisoning in kids by avoiding the following foods while eating out.
Call your doctor or nurse if you notice any of the following:
You can prevent food poisoning at home by following these simple steps.
Food poisoning can be a debilitating condition for a child. As a parent, you need to exercise great caution regarding what your child eats. Simple cases of food poisoning can be treated with home remedies by using ingredients like ginger, fenugreek seeds and yoghurt, and garlic.
About the author:
Written by Arun Sharma on 15 February 2017; updated on 19 December 2019
The author was associated with the healthcare industry before becoming a full-time writer and editor. A doting father to two preteens, he believes in experiential learning for his children. Also, he loves mountain trekking and nature trips.
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