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

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence


Diarrhoea and vomiting caused by gastroenteritis are common in children aged younger than 5 years. Severe diarrhoea and vomiting can lead to dehydration, which is serious, but gastroenteritis can usually be managed at home with advice from healthcare professionals.

This guideline summary covers fluid management, nutritional management, and symptoms and signs of clinical dehydration and shock.


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