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Acute gastroenteritis being an inflammatory process, many
physicians advice a rest to bowel during the phase and in the
Outcome of it will be definitely affected by diet as diet was the sole
factor causing the gastroenteritis.
SO diet cant be stopped. Gradual introduction of food is a vague term as
the question of 'how gradual introduction?' makes it irrelevant.
Its agreeable by all that we require more liquids to counter the ongoing
losses and the dehydration; eventually landing up in semisolid or liquid
diet in early management of gastroenteritis at least till dehydration
ceases to exist. Normal diet can be started provided the gastroenteritis
is not a sequale of a chronic disease like malabsorption
Feeding doesnot stop or slow down the gastroenteritis but it just helps in
tackling dehydration. Gastroenteritis, either viral or bacterial has its
own course and may require specific medicines which definitely help in
reducing the duration and frequency of motions in
Whatever diet is given (slow or gradual) should satisfy the necessary
caloric requirement and the fluid requirement of dehydration.