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What causes diarrhoea and vomiting?
- A stomach bug
- Food poisoning
- Eating something you may have an allergy to
Looking after your child at home
- Give your child sips of water every 5 minutes until tolerated and then increase fluids
- You can give your child oral rehydration solution to help to replace the water and salts lost from their because of the diarrhoea and vomiting
- Once they have stopped vomiting, introduce bland foods
- Do not give your child anti-diarrhoea medication unless they have seen a doctor first
How do I know if my child is dehydrated?
Dehydration is a sign that your child’s body has lost too much fluid.
- Sunken eyes
- Few or no tears when they cry
- Dark yellow urine
- A dry mouth
When should I seek medical advice?
If your child is:
- Vomiting and not keeping anything down
- Experiencing a fever
- Has decreased urine output
- Has severe abdominal pain
- Has blood or mucous in their poo
Or, you are concerned, seek immediate medical care. They may require intravenous fluids (fluids delivered directly into the veins using a drip).
How can I stop diarrhoea and vomiting from spreading?
- Ensure good hand hygiene: frequently wash your hands using liquid soap and warm running water. Do not share towels as this can spread infection
- Clean toilet seats, flush handles, taps, surfaces, and door handles daily
- Avoid sharing personal items such as towels and face cloths
- Wait at least two week after your child’s last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting to go swimming