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Stomach Bugs

Gastroenteritis is a bowel infection causing loose watery bowel motions (diarrhoea).
This may also cause vomiting. It is common for the diarrhoea to last a few days or up to a week longer than the vomiting. Your child may only have either vomiting or diarrhoea, not necessarily both.

Because of the diarrhoea and vomiting your child may be losing a lot of fluids and body salts. This can cause dehydration. It is important that these fluids and body salts are replaced.

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The main treatment is to keep your child drinking fluids. This replaces fluid lost from vomiting and diarrhoea.

This page was last updated at 11:35AM on May 26, 2017.