Food Poisoning in Children

Also known as: foodborne illness, stomach bug.

What is food poisoning?

If a child becomes ill after consuming food, this is known as food poisoning. Some form of germ is usually the culprit of the illness, and the symptoms can range from mild to severe.

What causes food poisoning? 
The cause of food poisoning can be a bacteria, parasite or virus. The germs can enter the body easily through raw foods, foods that aren’t washed properly or food that aren’t cooked thoroughly. Foods that have spoiled or gone bad are another likely cause of food poisoning.
 

What are the symptoms of food poisoning? 

The most common symptoms are digestive ones, including:
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Fever
The symptoms can last for a few hours to several days and can sometimes be severe.

What are food poisoning treatment options?
Treatments can include drinking lots of fluids to replace electrolytes, as well as antibiotics to get rid of the infection. Some children may require hospitalization and intravenous fluids and other supportive care methods.

Learn more about The Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

Reviewed by: Jose R. Rosa-Olivares, M.D.

This page was last updated on: 13/06/2018 11:21:50 a. m.

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Dr. Peters is employed by Pediatric Specialists of America (PSA), the physician-led group practice of Miami Children’s Health System. He sees patients at the Nicklaus Children's Palm Beach Gardens Outpatient Center and is the PSA Northern Regional Chief, Section of Gastroenterology.

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