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Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group

Children: Tummy upset

Diarrhoea and vomiting are common in babies and children. They usually get better in a couple of days.

Give your child a mouthful of fluid every 15 minutes. Don’t just give water; make sure it’s something with sugar in it, like watered down juice, milk or rehydration sachets.

If your child wants to eat, let them.

Children should be kept off nursery or school for 48 hours after their last vomit or loose poo.

  • Carry on breast or bottle feeding your baby – if they’re being sick, try giving small feeds more often than usual
  • Give babies on formula or solid foods small sips of water between feeds.
  • Do not make baby formula weaker – use it at its usual strength
  • Do not give children under 12 medicine to stop diarrhoea
  • Do not give aspirin to children under 16

When to seek medical advice

See a pharmacist if your child (over 5 years) has signs of dehydration  – such as dark, smelly pee or peeing less than usual.

See your GP or call 111 for advice if:

  • your child has diarrhoea for more than 7 days or vomiting for more than 2 days
  • you’re worried about a baby under 12 months
  • your child stops breast or bottle feeding while they’re ill
  • a child under 5 years has signs of dehydration – such as fewer wet nappies
  • your child (over 5 years) still has signs of dehydration after using oral rehydration sachets
  • your child keep being sick and cannot keep fluid down
  • your child has bloody diarrhoea or bleeding from the bottom

Go to A&E or call 999 if your child:

  • vomits blood or has vomit that looks like ground coffee
  • has bright green or yellow vomit
  • might have swallowed something poisonous
  • has a stiff neck and pain when looking at bright lights
  • has a sudden, severe headache or stomach ache

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