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Avoiding dehydration is important – give your baby/child extra fluids. Give your baby oral rehydration fluids in between feeds or after each watery stool. (These can be purchased over the counter at large supermarkets and pharmacies
and can help prevent dehydration from occurring) Little and often tends to work best – in hospital, babies are given 1 or 2 tablespoons (5-10 mls) of fluid to drink every 5-10 minutes. You can try using a syringe to give fluids to your child.
Do not stop giving your baby milk. If you are breastfeeding, continue doing so. If your child is on formula, do not dilute it.
Keep your child away from others, especially other children, until they are better.
Vomiting tends to last for 1-2 days, and diarrhoea tends to last for about 5 days.
If your child has any of the following:
You need urgent help go to the nearest Hospital Emergency (A&E) Department or phone 999
You need to contact a doctor or nurse today. 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).
Most children with diarrhoea and / or vomiting get better very quickly, but some children can get worse. You need to regularly check your child and follow the advice given to you by your healthcare professional and / or as listed on this sheet.
Self Care - You can provide the care your child needs at home
This guidance is written by healthcare professionals from across Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight.