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Rotavirus gastroenteritis

Gastroenteritis is inflammation of the stomach and bowel that causes diarrhoea and vomiting. Rotavirus is the most common cause.
Symptoms of gastroenteritis in children
Gastroenteritis usually begins with the symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting.
Causes of gastroenteritis in children
Gastroenteritis is usually caused by a rotavirus that infects a child's stomach and bowel. The virus is highly infectious and easily spread, often through poor hygiene.
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
Gastroenteritis can usually be treated at home. An important part of treatment is to assess whether your child has an increased risk of dehydration.
Preventing gastroenteritis in children
As gastroenteritis can be highly infectious, it is important to take steps to prevent it spreading from your child to other children.
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Gastroenteritis in children