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