You can usually treat yourself or your child at home. The most important thing is to have lots of fluids to avoid dehydration.
- stay at home and get plenty of rest
- Drink lots of fluids, water or squash- take small sips if you feel sick
- Carry on breast or bottle feeding your baby – even if they are being sick, try giving small feeds and often
- give babies on formula or solid foods small sips of water between feeds
- Take paracetamol if you are in discomfort – check with the pharmacist before giving to your child
- give fruit juice or fizzy drinks as they can make the diarrhoea worse
- do not make baby formula weaker – use it as its usual strength
- do not give children under 12 medicine to stop diarrhoea
- do not give aspirin to children under 16
In adults and children diarrhoea usually stops within 5- 7 days, vomiting stops usually in 1 or 2 days.
THE VIRUS CAN SPREAD EASILY
- Stay off school or work until you have not been sick or had diarrhoea for at least 2 days.
- Wash your hands with soap and water frequently
- wash any clothing or bedding that poo or vomit on it separately on a hot wash
- clean toilet seats, flush handles, taps, surfaces and door handles every day
- Don’t prepare food or other people
- share towels flannels cutlery or utensils
- do not use a swimming pool until 2 weeks after the symptoms stop
Get advice from 111.
- if you are worried about baby under 12 months.
- your child stops breast or bottle feeding while they are ill
- a child under 5 years has signs of dehydration – such as fewer nappies
- you or your child keep being sick and cannot keep fluid down
- your or your child have diarrhoea for more than 7 days or vomiting for more that 2 days
- 111 will tell you what to do, arrange a phone call or a visit from a GP if you need one