The Stomach Flu: When Should You Go to the ER?

The stomach flu, or the “dreaded stomach bug,” is technically called viral gastroenteritis. But no matter what you call the stomach flu, it’s scary when your child has it. And the one question all parents want to know: if your child has the stomach flu, when should you go to the ER? In this video, Dr. Jamie Kondis answers this crucial question. Plus, she offers specific guidelines for parents, so you can keep your child safe when they’re sick.

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