New Delhi. The risk of stomach infection increases to a great extent in both summer and monsoon seasons. Which is also known as gastroenteritis, gastric flu and stomach flu. It can cause irritation and swelling in the intestines and stomach. Rotavirus and norovirus are responsible for stomach flu. Usually its symptoms appear 2 to 3 days after infection. Problems like stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting along with fever can be seen. 

According to Dr. Pruthu Dhekane, Consultant Infectious Diseases at Manipal Hospital (Baner) , 'Regular hand hygiene is a very good habit that plays an important role in keeping us healthy and preventing diseases. Washing hands before and after eating, defecation, gardening can help keep cold, flu and stomach infections at bay. The viruses and bacteria that cause gastroenteritis spread through dirty hands. Regular hand washing can prevent the spread of many diseases.'

Preventive measures against gastroenteritis

Regular cleaning of hands

Gastroenteritis is treated based on the virus. However, the most effective treatment to prevent this problem is hand hygiene. Yes, the risk of stomach infection can be reduced to a great extent by keeping hands clean. Clean hands by rubbing them with soap or hand wash for at least 20 seconds and then use water. Make sure that the cloth or towel used to wipe hands is also clean.

Explain the benefits of washing hands

Tell the family members, especially children, about the benefits of washing hands and how washing hands can reduce the risk of stomach infections. Along with telling them, teach   them the correct way of washing hands .

Importance of sanitizer

Many places do not have proper handwashing facilities, so carry a sanitizer or wipes with you. Sanitizers are very effective in eliminating germs on hands and surfaces. Wipes work in a similar way. By paying attention to hand hygiene, one can remain safe from diseases in every season, be it summer, monsoon or winter.