The dreaded sickness and diarrhoea bug seems to be doing the rounds again.

Over the last week, we have had a large number of children off with this bug. With this in mind, please keep your child at home for 48 hours from the last episode of sickness or diarrhoea to help prevent spreading the illness further (as per our policy). Thank you for your help and support.

How to care for your child at home with vomiting and diarrhoea: (advice from NHS choices www.nhs.uk)

Some children between the ages of one and five pass frequent smelly, loose stools that may contain recognisable foods, such as carrots and peas. Usually, these children are otherwise perfectly healthy and growing normally, and no cause can be found. This type of diarrhoea is known as toddler diarrhoea.

Diarrhoea usually lasts for five to seven days, and in most children it will stop within two weeks. Vomiting often lasts for one to two days, and will stop within three days in most children.

You should ask your GP or health visitor for advice if your child is taking longer to get better, or if they get any of the symptoms of dehydration.  Otherwise, diarrhoea isn’t usually a cause for concern.

Give your child plenty of clear drinks, such as water or clear broth, to replace the fluid that’s been lost, but avoid fruit juice or squash, as these drinks can cause diarrhoea. Only give your child food if they want it.

Don’t give your child anti-diarrhoeal drugs, unless advised to by your GP or pharmacist. Oral rehydration treatment can help.

You can help prevent infection spreading by using separate towels for your child, and reminding everyone in the family to wash their hands after using the toilet and before eating.

Your child shouldn’t go back to school or childcare until at least 48 hours after the last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting.

Don’t allow children to swim in swimming pools for two weeks after the last episode of diarrhoea.

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