Not nice for you or your baby
Sickness and diarrhoea bugs are caught easily and are often passed on in places where there are lots of children - like playgroups or nurseries.
Feeling sick and suddenly being sick are normally the first signs. Diarrhoea can follow afterwards. Contact your surgery if they are unwell for longer than 24 hours, or sooner if they are newborn or if you notice signs of dehydration.
If you're breastfeeding, keep on doing so. Offer children plenty of water or squash (not juice, as this may make dehydration worse), or an ice-lolly for them to suck. If they want to eat, give them plain foods like pasta or boiled rice (nothing too rich or salty).
Keep them away from others who may pick up infection. Be extra careful with everyone’s handwashing.
Signs of dehydration
- Sunken fontanelle – these are the normal soft spots on top of a baby’s head, which become more noticeable when a baby is dehydrated.
- Less wet nappies (i.e. they wee less).
- More sleepy than usual.
- Diarrhoea will cause dehydration.
- Dry mouth.
There are lots of ways you can care for your child at home. Things to try are:
- Give them regular drinks - try small amounts of cold water. Breast feed on demand if breastfeeding.
- Being extra careful with hand hygiene (use soap and water and dry hands well with a clean towel).
- Rehydrating solutions come in pre-measured sachets to mix with water. It helps with dehydration.
If your child is unwell for more than 24 hours see your doctor. If your baby is newborn or very unwell contact your doctor straight away.
Your child is being sick and/or has diarrhoea.
To help, get them to drink plenty of water. They most probably have a tummy upset.
Go to your Doctor if they are unwell for longer than 24 hours. Keep them away from others.
The above information cannot replace specialist treatment. If you are still worried, contact a pharmacist or your surgery.