Diarhoea and/or Vomiting

Stop eating solid food and take clear liquids only. In adults with diarrhoea and vomiting is usually caused by a virus infection and is therefore unable to be treated directly. Consult your doctor if the symptoms persist for more than a few days.

Diarrhoea in very young children and babies needs careful attention. Most babies have loose bowel action during their first six months due to their predominantly liquid diet. Sudden bouts of unusually watery diarrhoea should be treated by taking the baby off solids and feeding it a solution of boiled water with a teaspoon of sugar and half a teaspoon of salt to the pint. Oral rehydration fluids are available from the local pharmacy.

If the symptoms persist for more than 24 hours, or are accompanied by vomiting or weakness, consult your doctor. A little child who appears severely ill warrants bringing to the attention of the doctor.