The most common cause of gastroenteritis in the United States is Norovirus . Other causes of gastroenteritis include Rotavirus, Astrovirus, Adenovirus, and Sapovirus . There are bacterial causes of gastroenteritis such as Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter Aeromonas, E. coli, Clostridium, Vibrio, Campylobacter , and Yersinia spp . Parasites that cause gastroenteritis include Giardia, Cryptosporidium, Cyclospora , and Entamoeba . Treatment for gastroenteritis is generally home remdies such as keeping hydrated to prevent dehydration. At times, hospitalization may be necessary if dehydration occurs.
The maximum dose prescribed under a doctor's care is g daily. Otherwise,
the over-the-counter (OTC) maximum daily dose is g daily. Dosage depends
upon the age, weight, and any current medical conditions of the patient. Several
drugs interact with ibuprofen so check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other
health care professional with questions in regard to this drug. Doctors don't
know if it is safe to take ibuprofen if your are pregnant, therefore it is not
recommended if you are pregnant. According to the American Academy of
Pediatrics, ibuprofen is safe to take while breastfeeding.
REFERENCE: FDA Prescribing Information.
Naturopathic pediatricians typically recommend rubbing your child’s chest with essential oils in a base oil like coconut oil. Some recommended essential oils for croup include tea tree, thyme and lavender. I highly recommend making a homemade vapor rub to have on hand for situations like this. (Note: Eucalyptus should be avoided in children 2 and under.) You can swap out essential oils as desired. Just always make sure to perform a small skin patch test (for example, on your child’s forearm) to rule out any possible allergic reactions.