What is included in patient education about gastroenteritis?

Updated: Feb 10, 2017
  • Author: Arthur Diskin, MD; Chief Editor: Steven C Dronen, MD, FAAEM  more...
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Patients should be educated on the importance and proper methods of oral rehydration and early appropriate feeding.

All patients, especially the parents of infants and young children, must be extensively educated about the signs and symptoms of dehydration.

Patients with food-borne exposures should be educated on deterrence.

Immunocompromised patients and individuals with liver disease should be educated not to consume raw shellfish, especially oysters.

Travelers to underdeveloped areas should be made aware of proper avoidance measures, appropriate treatment, and current endemic illnesses.

For patient education resources, see the Digestive Disorders Center, as well as Gastroenteritis, Abdominal Pain in Adults, Diarrhea, and Vomiting and Nausea.


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