What is included in follow-up care for bacterial gastroenteritis?

Updated: Jul 17, 2018
  • Author: Jennifer Lynn Bonheur, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Follow-up care in cases of bacterial gastroenteritis depends on the severity of the infection and the age of the patient. Uncomplicated diarrhea may not require follow-up if the patient or caretaker is reliable and has adequate access to medical care if needed.

Monitor young children, elderly patients, and debilitated individuals closely to ensure that complications do not occur. Monitor patients requiring labor-intensive oral rehydration to ensure that the proper diet has been reintroduced.

Neonates require strict follow-up care within a few days of the illness to ensure that malabsorption and dehydration do not occur.


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