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Sore tummy? Not sure what to do about it? Gastroenteritis is a bowel infection that causes diarrhoea (runny poos), stomach pain and vomiting. Some children will also have a headache or mild fever with gastro. Most children with gastro have mild symptoms that do not need to be treated by a doctor.

What to do?

  • Drink small amounts regularly – 1/4 cup of water every 20 minutes (for child). Plain water is best or watered down apple juice
  • Avoid sugary drinks which can make gastro worse
  • Have plenty of rest
  • Wash hands thoroughly with soapy water after toileting and vomiting
  • Clean bathroom areas often
  • Urinate (wee) at least every 6 hours
  • Wash hands thoroughly before food preparation
  • Do not share drink or food with a sick person
  • Stay home for 2 days after vomiting and/or diarrhoea has finished

When to get help?

  • Gastro can take a couple of days to go away.
  • Call your family doctor if:
  • You are still sick after 2 full days of being sick
  • The volume and frequency of vomit or diarrhoea is increasing rather than decreasing
  • Your child has tummy pains despite having pain relief

Take your child to ED if:

  • They are sleepy, floppy or limp, pale and sweaty
  • They have not urinated for 6 hours during the day
  • They have severe stomach pain
  • They have blood in their diarrhoea or vomit