Upset Tummy

Not Nice For You or Your Baby

Sickness and diarrhoea bugs are caught easily and are often passed on in places where there are lots of children – like playgroups or nurseries.

Feeling sick and suddenly being sick are normally the first signs. Diarrhoea can follow afterwards. Diarrhoea can cause dehydration so increase fluid intake.

Take them to see your GP if they are unwell and have had three or more vomits or six or more poos in 24 hours or sooner if they are newborn or if you notice signs of dehydration.

If you are breastfeeding, keep on doing so. Older children should have plenty of drinks/fluid – little and often is best eg every 10 minutes. You can also offer them an ice-lolly for them to suck. If they want to eat, give them plain foods like pasta or boiled rice (nothing too rich or salty).

Keep them away from others, especially children, to reduce the chance of passing the infection on. Regularly wash hands with warm water and soap to reduce the chance of passing the infection on. If you are out use handgel.

My baby has runny poo and is being sick. Have you given them lots of drinks – little and often is best? This helps stop them becoming dehydrated if it is a tummy bug. Speak to your Pharmacist. Regulary wash your hands. Speak to your GP if symptoms show no sign of improvement after 24 hours or straightaway if they are newborn.

There are lots of ways you can care for your child at home. Things to try are:

  • Give them regular drinks (rehydration solution, squash (not ‘sugar free’), milk or water) – little amounts and often is best. Breastfeed on demand if breastfeeding.
  • Being extra careful with hand hygiene (use liquid soap and water and dry hands well with a clean towel).
  • Rehydration solutions – make sure you follow the instructions for the product.

If your child is unwell for more than 24 hours see your GP. If your baby is newborn or very unwell, you need to contact a Nurse or your GP today.

Signs of Dehydration

  • The soft spot on the top of their head is more dipped in than usual.
  • Less wet nappies (i.e. they wee less) or darker urine.
  • More sleepy than usual.
  • Dry mouth.