When is inpatient care indicated for the treatment of bacterial gastroenteritis?

Updated: Jul 17, 2018
  • Author: Jennifer Lynn Bonheur, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Admit neonates or young infants with moderate dehydration, suspected infection with enterohemorrhagic E coli, or bloody diarrhea.

Oral rehydration in cases of gastroenteritis is a time-consuming task that requires vigilance. Evaluate the caretaker of a child who requires oral rehydration for compliance. Consider admission if any doubt exists regarding potential compliance.

Older patients, often with other illnesses, require careful observation and consideration for admission.


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