Does stomach flu affect children differently than adults?

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Howard I. Baron, MD
Pediatric Gastroenterology
Small children are affected more by stomach flu because they can get dehydrated more quickly, says Howard Baron, MD, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Sunrise Hospital. In this video, he explains why hospital care might be necessary if this happens.

Stomach flu, or viral gastroenteritis, affects infants, children and adults in basically the same way. The four viruses that cause the illness, however, tend to affect different age groups. The rotavirus, which is the most severe, tends to be found in infants and toddlers. The norovirus affects adults and older children. The astrovirus, although found in any age group, is most common in young children and infants, and the adenovirus is concentrated in the two and under age range. Regardless of the type of virus, symptoms are similar. The most important thing in any case is to avoid dehydration, which is sometimes more difficult in the very young and very old.

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