Intake of contaminated food causes food-borne illness i.e. food poisoning and because the digestive system of infants and children is not fully developed, they are at a high risk. Also school going children eat outside and get affected with food poisoning. Diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting and fever are the common symptoms of food poisoning. But they vary because of different bacteria and different types of food. So some may have very mild symptoms and on the other hand some may exhibit severe signs.
Different kinds of bacteria have different signs and symptoms of food poisoning
Food poisoning happens not only through bacteria but also through a virus named Norovirus which leads to severe vomiting and is transmitted through contaminated food, and unclean utensils. Hepatitis A too is a cause of food poisoning caused due to contaminated food, water, and vegetables. However, there is vaccination available for hepatitis A. Norwalk virus can also cause food poisoning through the intake of shellfish, salad, and raw oysters.
Food poisoning in children can take a serious turn if not treated in time. Diarrhoea in children is a sign of dehydration. Stomach cramps on the other hand indicate the severity of the pain being caused by the food poisoning. The best thing to in case you spot signs of food poisoning in your child is to immediately consult a doctor.
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