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Diarrhoea and sickness in children

Gastroenteritis is a common condition where the stomach and bowel become inflamed. It is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection.
Symptoms of gastroenteritis in children
The main symptoms of gastroenteritis are diarrhoea and vomiting.
Causes of gastroenteritis in children
Gastroenteritis is usually caused by a type of virus called a rotavirus, which infects a child's stomach and bowel.
Diagnosing gastroenteritis in children
In most cases of gastroenteritis, a diagnosis is not needed because your child's symptoms should disappear after three to five days without treatment.
Treating gastroenteritis in children
Children with gastroenteritis can usually be treated at home. In most cases, the illness lasts for around five to seven days.
Preventing gastroenteritis in children
As gastroenteritis can be highly infectious, it's important to try and stop it spreading from your child to other children.
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Gastroenteritis in children