Quick tips to help your baby brave a bug
1 Look for the cause Most tummy bugs are viral and last up to three days. Mucus or blood in diarrhoea and a high temperature mean that it’s bacterial, which might need antibiotics.
2 Avoid dehydrationOffer drinks regularly – water is best; avoid juices, fizzy drinks and milk. An oral hydration powder can also help.
3 Monitor your childContact your doctor if your child wees less, has a dry mouth or sunken eyes. Also get advice if a baby is ill for more than 24 hours.
4 Isolation rulesKeep your child isolated for 48 hours after the last bout of diarrhoea or sickness to stop bugs spreading.
5 Encourage good hygieneLessen the risk of infection with hand-washing and surface wiping.Wash towels and bedding at 60˚C.
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