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Diarrhoea and vomiting bug ALERT

How to treat diarrhoea and vomiting

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 orĀ  2 days.


  • 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

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