Gastroenteritis in children can be particularly serious because the fluid loss due to diarrhoea in small beings may be rapid and cause dehydration and biochemical changes rapidly.

A typical causative organism is Campylobacter, which can be fatal in undernourished children although is usually not severe in well-nourished Western children.


Any persistent diarrhoea or vomiting should be referred to a physician who should be encouraged to check the stool for Campylobacter urgently. Severe cases should be treated with antibiotics and a complementary medical practitioner consulted to deal with the effects.