Diarrhoea and vomiting are common in adults, children, and babies. You can have them together or on their own. They are usually caused by a stomach bug and should pass in a few days.


You can usually treat yourself or your child at home.

The most important thing is to have plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.


Stay at home and get plenty of rest.

Drink lots of fluids, such as water and squash take small sips if you feel sick.

Carry on giving breast or bottle feeds to your baby if they're being sick, try giving small feeds more often than usual.

For babies on formula or solid foods, give small sips of water between feeds.

Eat when you feel able to you do not need to have or avoid any specific foods.

Take paracetamol if you are in discomfort check the leaflet before giving paracetamol to your child.


Have fruit juice or fizzy drinks as they can make diarrhoea worse.

Make baby formula weaker, use it at its usual strength.

Give young children medicine to stop diarrhoea.

Give aspirin to children under 16.

Preventing the spread to family members/others

If you have a stomach bug, you could be infectious to others.

You are most infectious from when the symptoms start until two days after they have passed. Stay off school or work until the symptoms have stopped for two days.

To avoid spreading an infection:


Wash your hands with soap and water often.

Wash dirty clothing and bedding separately on a hot wash.

Clean toilet seats, flush handles, taps, surfaces, and door handles every day.


Prepare food for other people, if possible.

Share towels, flannels, cutlery, or utensils.

Use a swimming pool until 2 weeks after the symptoms stop.