What information about bacterial gastroenteritis should patients be given?

Updated: Jul 17, 2018
  • Author: Jennifer Lynn Bonheur, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Education is most important for the prevention and treatment of bacterial gastroenteritis. Proper oral rehydration therapy helps to prevent dehydration and hastens recovery of the intestinal mucosa.

Diet restrictions that prevent secondary malabsorption are extremely important; relapse typically occurs due to dietary noncompliance.

Emphasize proper hygiene and food preparation practices to caretakers in order to prevent future infections and spread of bacterial gastroenteritis.

For patient education information, see Gastroenteritis (Stomach Flu) and Foreign Travel.


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