(Gastroenteritis) - Advice for
parents and carers of children
If your child:
Go to the nearest Hospital Emergency (A&E) Department or phone 999
Please ring your GP surgery or call NHS 111 - dial 111
If none of the above features is present, most children
with diarrhoea and / or vomiting can be safely managed at home.
(Please note that children younger than 1 year may become dehydrated more
quickly. If your child appears otherwise well but you still have concerns, please
contact your GP surgery or call NHS 111).
Continue providing your child’s care at home. If you are still concerned about your child, call NHS 111 – dial 111
Tummy bugs are extremely common in young children and are almost always caused by a virus. They are easily
spread, resulting in outbreaks in nurseries and schools. Severe diarrhoea and / or vomiting can lead to dehydration,
which is when the body does not have enough water or the right balance of salts to carry out its normal functions.
If the dehydration becomes severe it can be dangerous. Children at increased risk of dehydration include: young
babies under 1 year old (and especially the under 6 months), babies born at a low birth weight and those who have
stopped drinking or breastfeeding during the illness and children with faltering growth.
Once your child is rehydrated and no longer vomiting:
You and/or your child should wash your
hands with soap (liquid if possible) in
warm running water and then dry them
Your child should not:
This guidance is written by healthcare professionals from across Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight.