What is it?
Food poisoning is a gastrointestinal condition that is caused by the ingestion of food contaminated with bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms of food poisoning usually occurs within a few hours after eating the contaminated food/drinks. They include the following:
- Loose stools or diarrhoea.
- Loss of appetite.
- Fever with or without chills.
- Lightheadedness or dizziness.
What to expect?
If you are diagnosed with food poisoning, you can consider discussing the following subjects with your doctor:
- If you are taking other medications for other conditions, what treatment option is recommended?
- In order to prevent contracting the disease again in the future, what measures should you do?
In addition to treatment by your doctor, you can try the following things:
- Painkillers might help in relieving pain and fever.
- Increase fluid intake.
- Bed rest.
- Carry on giving breast or bottle feeds to your baby – if they’re being sick, try giving small feeds more often than usual.
- For babies on formula or solid foods, give small sips of water between feeds.
- Eat when you feel able to – you don’t need to have or avoid any specific foods.
- Wash your hands with soap and water frequently.
- Wash dirty clothing and bedding separately on a hot wash.
- Clean toilet seats, flush handles, taps, surfaces and door handles every day
Seek immediate consult if the following occurs:
- Symptoms worsens.
- Severe dehydration.