Sickness bugs are where your child vomits and / or has diarrhoea and has tummy pains. Sickness bugs are usually caused by a virus or a bacteria.
These bugs are common because they are very easy to pass from one person to another. The best thing to do is stay home until the bug passes. Most children will be better within a week, or even less, and won’t need any treatment.
Taking Care of Your Child at Home
Children can feel worried and upset when they have sickness and diarrhoea. Stay close by so you can comfort them and give cuddles.
Dehydration is when your body is passing out more fluids than it is taking in – through vomit, diarrhoea or sweat.
Being hydrated helps the body function. When you are being sick or have diarrhoea, your body is losing the important salts and chemicals it needs. This is one of the reasons it can make you feel poorly.
Signs of Dehydration
To begin with babies and young children will seem thirsty. They might have a dry mouth and cracked lips. You might then notice;
Keeping Your Child Hydrated
Keep a close eye on your child in case the dehydration gets worse and needs medical attention. If left untreated dehydration can be very dangerous.
Stopping Sickness Bugs from Spreading
Wash your hands really well with warm soapy water. This is the best way to stop spread.
Getting Back to Normal After a Bug
The bug is often infectious to others so do not return to nursery, school or work until 48 hours after the last bout of sickness or diarrhoea. This is to reduce the risk of it passing around.
You shouldn’t go swimming until two weeks after the bug ends.
Whenever possible keep away from people who are more likely to be made very poorly by a bug such as the very old, the very young and those who already have health problems.
You shouldn’t visit anyone in a hospital or nursing home, or attend hospital appointments until 48 hours of no symptoms.
You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.
If you are 11-19 you can text ChatHealth on 07480 635060 for confidential advice from one of our team.
The Lullaby Trust - Baby Check App - This app has simple checks that you can do if your baby is ill and helps you think about whether they need to see a doctor or health professional.
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