Is Your Child Refusing To Eat? – Read This!

Is Your Child Refusing To Eat? – Read This!

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Has your child recently been refusing to eat? or has she just holding food in her mouth for ages? Well, mine has been. I have recently experienced this issue with my daughter and it has been frustrating for both of us until I found the solution to it. So my youngest has always been a good eater, like, we had no issues with her at all, ever, but recently she just started to keep food in her mouth for ages. She would just hold the food and not swallow it. I have tried everything, singing, playing, begging her.. but nothing would work. I thought its just time like this for her and gave up.

This continued for couple of days and she started loosing weight. I got really scared and went straight to my GP. As soon as he looked at her, he said she is not well and that she has something called ”Norovirus”, which is apparently a viral infection. Norovirus, which causes diarrhoea and vomiting, is one of the most common stomach bugs in the UK. It’s also called the “winter vomiting bug” because it’s more common in winter, although you can catch it at any time of the year. It can be very unpleasant, but doctor assured that it usually goes away in about 2 days. 

I started panicking as I had no idea what Norovirus was. But doctor was very helpful, he prescribed an allergy medicine – Chlorphenamine Oral Solution. From the second day of giving this medicine, symptoms started to decrease and she started eating normal again.

After my research I also found out that Norovirus in children is extremely common because kids spend so much time in close quarters at school. Young children and babies are especially susceptible, as they tend to put their hands, toys and other objects in their mouths.

Norovirus symptoms in children:

Symptoms of Norovirus are very similar in all age groups, though children are slightly more likely to have vomiting as the predominant symptom, while adults may have more diarrhea. These are the most common norovirus symptoms:

  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Watery diarrhea
  • Sudden onset of illness
  • Stomach cramps
  • Mild fever
  • Body aches

How to prevent Norovirus:

  • Wash your childs hands regularly
  • Keep their hands off their mouth
  • Wash everything thoroughly
  • Constantly Disinfect surfaces

What to do if you child has Norovirus symptoms:

  1. Go to your GP
  2. Do not panic, be assured that this is not dangerous and will go away in couple of days.
  3. Give some paracetamol to your child.
  4. Make sure they drink a lot of water.
  5. Do not force your child to eat as this will make them more upset.

I wanted to share this story with you as it is important to know the symptoms at the early stage of any virus or viral infection so we can take care of it on time. Also, if you are not sure about anything, please call 111 and health professionals will help you right away. Please note that this is only information from my own experience, please contact your doctor fore more professional advice.

 

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