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What to do when your child has… tummy troubles

November 17, 2019

Hi, I’m Steve Doheny, senior paramedic with North West Ambulance Service. Today I’m going to talk to you and give you a bit more information about what to do with your child if they’re having tummy trouble. If your child is having tummy trouble remember to keep them hydrated. If your little one has diarrhea or vomiting in many cases you can look after them at home. Make sure they get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids such as water and squash. Carry on with their regular feeds and feed them their normal foods as usual. For babies on formula or solid food, give them sips of water between feeds. Try and encourage your child to eat when they feel able to you, you don’t have to avoid any specific food. Go and see your GP if your child is under 12 months and has signs of dehydration such as fewer wet nappies, is under three months old and has a temperature of 38 degrees or higher, is three to six months old and has a temperature on 39 degrees or higher, if they keep vomiting and are unable to keep fluids down, if they’ve had diarrhea for seven days or have been vomiting for two or more days. You should go to A&E or call 999 if your child is vomiting blood or his vomit that looks like ground coffee, has a stiff neck and feels pain when looking at bright lights, has a sudden severe headache or stomach ache, or may have swallowed something poisonous

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