Diarrhoea and vomiting caused by gastroenteritis in under 5s: diagnosis and management

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence


Key priorities for implementation

Diagnosis

  • Perform stool microbiological investigations if:
    • you suspect septicaemia or
    • there is blood and/or mucus in the stool or
    • the child is immunocompromised

Assessing dehydration and shock

  • Use table below to detect clinical dehydration and shock

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