Diarrhoea and vomiting

Diarrhoea and vomiting


It is common for young children to get an upset tummy from time to time. This will usually cause one or more of three symptoms: vomiting, diarrhoea and stomach pains. If your child is otherwise well it is likely the diarrhoea and vomiting will get better on its own within a few days.

It is important to drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. Avoid giving solid foods and encourage small, frequent sips of water or oral rehydration fluid that you can pick up from your local pharmacist. Also avoid fruit juice, cow’s milk or squash as these drinks can worsen diarrhoea

If the diarrhoea and vomiting persists or worsens, or your child becomes more unwell, contact your GP.

Find out more at the NHS website.

Last modified: 

10 Sep 2018