It can be scary when a child suddenly becomes sick with vomiting or diarrhea.
These symptoms may be caused by food poisoning. If they continue to worsen,
then the child should see an
emergency pediatrician soon.
Improperly filtered water can cause food poisoning in all humans, but especially
children with growing immune systems. Water can become contaminated by
chemicals and feces from animals and humans. Other bacteria may be found
in water, such as from a deceased animal, that may cause food poisoning.
Unfiltered water, possibly from a lake, river, or another unmonitored
water source, can cause mild to severe food poisoning in kids, if it has
All types of food can become contaminated, whether it is fresh, cooked,
or preserved. Most often, meat, poultry, and seafood can be contaminated
by bacteria and infectious microorganisms. This may occur if it was improperly
handled during shipping or preparation. Food can also easily become contaminated
if it has been stored at the wrong temperature or kept past its expiration
date. Often, foods that have been left on the kitchen counter for too
long and then eaten could possibly cause food poisoning in kids.
If the cook or handler was sick while making food and handling food, it
is possible that food will become contaminated with bacteria or a virus.
Usually, these contaminants will die off as long as the food was cooked
at the right temperature for the appropriate amount of time. Uncooked
vegetables should not be stored next to raw meat or handled with the same
utensils if they have not been cleaned. Bacteria can easily transfer to
other surfaces and contaminate them.
If your child is experiencing signs of food poisoning, please contact Pediatrics
After Hours at (214) 363-7242. We are a pediatric urgent care with dedicated
pediatricians ready to help your child find comfort. Contact us or visit
our website to learn more about our ER for kids and four
urgent care locations in the DFW area.