In children, diarrhoea will usually pass within five to seven days and will rarely last longer than two weeks. When a child vomits, it is often because their body is trying to get rid of germs or some other toxin.
It's important to drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration, particularly if they are also vomiting.
Give your child foods that are likely to be non-irritating to their gut and easy to digest (eg, bananas, yoghurt, bread).
If your child doesn’t want to drink, offer ice to suck or use a novelty straw.
Vomiting and diarrhoea can cause your child to lose a lot of fluid. This can be very dangerous, especially in hot weather or if they have a fever.
This is when your child’s stools become much more watery and more frequent than usual. There may be mucus or blood in the stools and they may be very smelly.
Vomiting in babies
Almost all babies bring up a bit of milk without distress. This is normal. But if your baby is suddenly vomiting a lot more, or it occurs frequently over an hour or two, it could be serious. The vomiting may be accompanied by other signs of illness, like fever or diarrhoea.
Tips for babies under six months
Tips for babies over six months
See your doctor if your child: