Diarrhoea and vomiting is common in children and babies, and as we spent last winter in lockdown it is now no surprise that this winter we are seeing an increase in bugs such as; the winter diarrhoea and vomiting bug.

Diarrhoea can often last between 5 – 7 days and usually stops within 2 weeks. Vomiting does usually not  last for more than 3 days. If your child continues to be ill for longer than these periods, you should seek medical  advice.

Please see a useful advice sheet for parents of under 5s which outlines the warning signs of diarrhoea and vomiting in a handy traffic light system so parents can see clearly see when their child requires medical attention or when they are okay to be cared for at home. The flyer also provides some useful information on how to care for a child with diarrhoea and vomiting.

Don’t forget, handwashing is the easiest way to stop gastroenteritis spreading and your child should not go to school or any other childcare setting until at least 48 hours after their last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting.

The advice sheet above is also available in: