Dan Moore, certified physician assistant at McLaren-Greater Lansing Internal Medicine, a partner of McLaren-Greater Lansing, is treating viral gastroenteritis.
Most people refer to it as the stomach flu, even though it's not actually a type of flu.
The main symptoms are: stomach cramping or discomfort, bloating, nausea and diarrhea.
Fever is less common, but a low-grade fever not higher than 101 degrees may be present.
Most cases of viral gastroenteritis aren't serious and will clear up in a few days.
Give your stomach time to settle by not eating or drinking for a few hours.
Once it's settled, drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. Kids should drink Pedialyte.
After a 14-hour liquid diet, you can start eating bland foods.
You should see a doctor if you can't keep liquids down for 24 hours, if you've been vomiting for more than two days, or if you have symptoms of dehydration.