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Food Poisoning and Your Children

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You’ve likely experienced mild gastrointestinal upset after eating out at a restaurant or consuming a packaged food product. You may have even experienced serious foodborne illness, and needed medical attention. Most able-bodied, otherwise-healthy adults can fend off these infections, and go on to be okay. However, this is not always the case with children. Our youngsters do not have fully-developed immune systems, and may suffer serious symptoms after ingesting unsafe food. While bacteria is the most common source of food poisoning in kids, viruses and fungi may also cause serious illness.

If you are a parent, you probably do your absolute best to watch what your kids eat, and to keep them safe from potentially hazardous food. But it’s not always easy to spot unsafe food products, especially if you are eating at a restaurant. Your children are at higher risk for foodborne illness and its complications, so even if you both eat the same item and you feel okay, your child may become ill. Especially if your child is a toddler or infant, foodborne infections can turn deadly. So, what are some of the symptoms of food poisoning in children?

  • Stomachache
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Abdominal cramps and/or bloating

Typically, symptoms present within 48 hours of eating the offending food, but they may also show up as quickly as 1 hour afterwards. Watch your children for signs of food poisoning, and know when to call a doctor or visit the emergency room. Some signs that it’s time to seek medical help:

  • Fever over 101 degrees
  • Difficulty keeping water down
  • Bloody stool or diarrhea
  • Muscle tremors or weakness
  • Severe dehydration
  • Vomiting for more than 24 hours

If you suspect that your child has a foodborne illness, it’s important to keep them hydrated and allow them to rest. Keep track of their symptoms, and start making note of the potential source of the contaminated food. This kind of information is critical, if you decide to talk to an Atlanta food poisoning attorney about your case. If your child becomes severely ill, you may be looking at thousands of dollars in medical bills, and severe emotional distress, and the negligent party should be brought to justice. Some foodborne infections are deadly to children and infants, so be extra vigilant to keep track of foods they eat, where they came from, and any illness following that consumption.

 
When your family has endured the pain of watching your child become seriously sick from eating contaminated food, you deserve help. Reach out to us at the law office of Jonathan R. Brockman today and ask for your free consultation.

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