Diarrhoea and vomiting – advice for parents and carers
Diarrhoea and vomiting (gastroenteritis) is currently circulating in the Island community. Feeling sick and then vomiting is usually the first sign that your child has a ‘tummy bug’. Gastroenteritis is unpleasant and can spread very easily. It's not always possible to avoid getting gastroenteritis, but following the advice below can help stop it spreading:
- Stay off work, school or nursery until at least 48 hours after the symptoms have passed. You or your child should also avoid visiting anyone in hospital during this time.
- Ensure you and your child wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water, particularly after using the toilet and before preparing food. Don't rely on alcohol hand gels, as they're not always effective.
- Disinfect any surfaces or objects that could be contaminated. It's best to use a bleach-based household cleaner.
- Wash contaminated items of clothing or bedding separately on a hot wash.
- Don't share towels, flannels, cutlery or utensils while you or your child is ill.
- Flush away any poo or vomit in the toilet or potty and clean the surrounding area.
Should your child become unwell with diarrhoea and/or vomiting, try to avoid going to your GP, as the virus can spread to others very easily. Call NHS 111, your GP or a Pharmacy if you're concerned or need any advice. Avoiding dehydration is important – give your baby/child extra fluids. Vomiting tends to last for 1-2 days, and diarrhoea tends to last for about 5 days.
For online advice see www.what0-18.nhs.uk – search ‘diarrhoea and vomiting’.
Dr Rida Elkier
Director of Public Health
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