Further information If you are worried about your child or family’s health contact your GP, or: NHS 111 for health advice and out of hours GP appointments: 111 www.nhs.uk/birthtofive Sharing your information Your information will only be disclosed to those who have a genuine need to know and who agree to keep your information confidential. For your direct care we often share information with: NHS hospitals and clinics GPs Social care Medway Community Healthcare provides a wide range of high quality community health services for Medway residents; from community nurses and health visitors to speech and language therapists and out of hours urgent care. Diarrhoea and vomiting in children Minimising the risks Customer care Please send any comments about Medway Community Healthcare services to: Customer care manager Medway Community Healthcare 7-8 Ambley Green, Bailey Drive, Gillingham, Kent, ME8 0NJ p: 01634 382266 f: 01634 382700 [email protected] All contact will be treated confidentially _________ Lealfet reference: MCH40.2 Infection prevention and control team 7-8 Ambley Green Gillingham ME8 0NJ P: 01634 382276 F: 01634 382700 [email protected] This information can be made available in other formats and languages. Please contact: Communications on 01634 382211 or email [email protected] Medway Community Healthcare CIC Registered office: Unit 5 Ambley Green, Bailey Drive, Gillingham Business Park, Gillingham, Kent ME8 0NJ Tel: 01634 382777 Registered in England and Wales, Company number: 07275637 www.medwaycommunityhealthcare.nhs.uk Information How can you reduce the risk of infection spreading? What is diarrhoea and vomiting? Diarrhoea is when your baby frequently passes unformed watery stools. Diarrhoea is usually caused by a virus and may be present with vomiting. This is commonly known as gastroenteritis. Signs and symptoms The symptoms are unpleasant and the illness can impact upon both your child and the family. Symptoms can include: abdominal pain vomiting frequent watery explosive stools raised temperature aching limbs dehydration (this includes becoming more unwell and a reduction in urine output). The most effective way is good hygiene, especially hand washing. Hands should be washed using soap and running water, ensuring hands are dried properly. Extra care should be taken in the home if diarrhoea and vomiting is present. Keep work surfaces and toilets clean by regularly using disinfectant. Teach your children from a young age when to wash their hands. Avoid sharing hand towels, and wash soiled items separately on a high temperature wash. Always ensure formula feeds are prepared as stated on the tin and sterilise bottle feeding equipment correctly. Please see the NHS Birth to 5 Years book for more information or contact your health visitor. If you are concerned about your child or family member please seek medical advice. Contact details can be found on the back of this leaflet. Who is at risk of developing diarrhoea and vomiting? Everyone is at risk. Babies and young children in particular are at risk of catching diarrhoea and vomiting. Some individuals are at higher risk, including preterm babies, older people and those with low immunity. To reduce the risks of the infection spreading, limit your contact with other people for 48 hours since the last episode of vomiting or diarrhoea. This includes not attending children’s centres, clinics, restaurants, cafes and swimming pools.
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