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Five Ways To Cope With An Upset Tummy

Quick tips to help your baby brave a bug

Posted: 8 November 2011
by Fiona McKim

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 dehydration
Offer drinks regularly – water is best; avoid juices, fizzy drinks and milk. An oral hydration powder can also help.

3 Monitor your child
Contact 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 rules
Keep your child isolated for 48 hours after the last bout of diarrhoea or sickness to stop bugs spreading.

5 Encourage good hygiene
Lessen the risk of infection with hand-washing and surface wiping.Wash towels and bedding at 60˚C. 

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