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What can cause severe cramping, vomiting and diarrhea?

Asked by Dutchess_III (26446 points ) March 21st, 2013

My 6 year old grandson was hit with it this morning. It finally eased up after a couple of hours. He never vomited. Mom has it now, but she’s vomiting till there is nothing left, and now she’s cramping really bad.
It isn’t food. They haven’t had the same things to eat.

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Lightlyseared's avatar

If I was going to have a guess I would say norovirus. It can spread quite quickly from person to person and tends to be resistant to alcohol hand gels so if mom was was using that rather soap and water it may have made transmission easier.

Dutchess_III's avatar

That’s what I’m thinking too. Nothing to do but wait it out and keep her hydrated too…. :(

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Dutchess_III Do you know how to check for dehydration?

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Dutchess_III You gently pinch the skin on the forearm with your fingers. It should be very elastic and snap back to normal if they’re hydrated. If it stays like you had it pinched together, that’s a sign of dehydration. An old doctor taught me that as a quick and easy test.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I’ll remember that. (Wish I’d known that when the kids were teenagers. I could pinch them because I was REALLY mad at them, but tell them I was just checking to see if they were dehydrated!)

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Dutchess_III That’s cheating. I said gently.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Oh, it wouldn’t hurt as bad as getting their mouth amputated. So it’s all in how you look at it.

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