What To Do If You Suspect Food Poisoning

If you suspect you or someone in your family has food poisoning, you need to call the poison control center. Poison control can help provide more information about whether or not you need to see a physician. However, if you suspect a life-threatening illness, call 911 for emergency medical treatment.

The main concern in food poisoning is usually from dehydration or body fluid loss from vomiting and diarrhea. It is very easy for a child to become dehydrated. If food poisoning is suspected it is important to drink plenty of fluids, especially water. Do not take anything to stop the vomiting or diarrhea unless recommended by a physician. Medications for these symptoms can actually prolong them.