And remember that washing hands well and often is the best way to protect your family against many infections.

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These minerals have a crucial role in the transmission of nerve impulses and the contraction of muscles, and in regulating the body’s fluid balance.

While missing a meal or two will cause no harm to an otherwise healthy child, it’s important that a sick child continue to drink water to take care of normal daily needs, plus extra to make up for fluid loss and prevent dehydration.

Giving kids the right fluids at the right time (called "oral rehydration") is the best way to help prevent dehydration or treat mild fluid loss.

When fluids are lost through vomiting or diarrhea, it's important to replace them as soon as possible.

Gastroenteritis infections usually don't last long and are more disruptive than dangerous.

But kids (especially infants) who cannot take in enough fluids and also have diarrhea could become dehydrated, meaning that their bodies lose nutrients and water, leading to further illness.Offer frequent sips of water or, if your child doesn’t feel like drinking, ice chips to suck on.Build up to 1 oz an hour, then 2 oz an hour until the child is able to drink normally.For vomiting children, the main risk is water loss, or dehydration, especially if fever causes them to sweat more or they are also losing fluid through diarrhea.When vomiting is severe or prolonged, a child may lose sodium, potassium, and chloride.Young children are especially susceptible to dehydration because they are less efficient at conserving water than older children and adults.