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Upset tummy

Not nice for you or your baby

Sickness and diarrhoea bugs are caught easily and are often passed on in places where there are lots of children - like playgroups or nurseries.

Feeling sick and suddenly being sick are normally the first signs. Diarrhoea can follow afterwards. Take them to see your GP if they are unwell for longer than 24 hours or sooner if they are newborn or if you notice signs of dehydration.

If you're breastfeeding, keep on doing so. Offer older children plenty of water, or an ice-lolly for them to suck. If they want to eat, give them plain foods like pasta or boiled rice (nothing too rich or salty).

Keep them away from others, especially children, who may pick up infection. Be extra careful with everyone’s handwashing.


The most common cause of vomiting is gastroenteritis. This is an infection of the gut. It also causes diarrhoea. This is usually nothing to worry about and will pass in a few days. Being sick can sometimes be caused by other things like food allergies, accidentally swallowing a poison or drug, or an infection.

You should contact your GP if:

Pharmacist says

There are lots of ways you can care for your child at home. Things to try are:

If your child is unwell for more than 24 hours see your GP. If your baby is newborn or very unwell contact your GP straight away.

Signs of dehydration

Try rehydrating solution from your Pharmacist.


My baby has runny poo and is being sick.


Have you given them lots of water? This will help prevent them becoming dehydrated if it is a tummy bug. Speak to your Pharmacist and ask about oral rehydration solutions.


Speak to a Doctor if symptoms show no sign of improvement after 24 hours or straight away if they are newborn.