Diarrhoea and vomiting in children under 5 (CG84)
Fast, easy summary view of NICE guidance on 'diarrhoea and vomiting in children'
This guideline applies to children younger than 5 years who present to a healthcare professional for advice in any setting. It covers diagnosis, assessment of dehydration, fluid management, nutritional management and the role of antibiotics and other therapies. It provides recommendations on the advice to be given to parents and carers, and also considers when care should be escalated - from home management through to hospital admission.
The guideline will assume that prescribers will use a drug's summary of product characteristics to inform their decisions for individual patients.
Please note that an amended version of the Understanding NICE guidance document (originally published in April 2010) is now available. This version enhances the advice to parents and carers relating to action required when a child has bilious (green) vomit.
This guidance has been incorporated into the following NICE Pathways, along with other related guidance and products.
Visit the NICE Pathway: diarrhoea and vomiting in children
This page was last updated: 16 August 2013
- Web format
- Quick reference guide (PDF)
- NICE Guideline (PDF)
- Full Guideline (PDF)
- CG84 Dolur rhydd a chwydu mewn plant: deall canllawiau NICE (fformat MS Word)
Information for the public
- Advice for parents (coming soon)
Implementation tools and resources
- Audit support
- Costing report
- Slide set
- Assessing dehydration chart
- Assessing dehydration chart in slide form
- Diarrhoea and vomiting in children under 5: parent/carer advice sheet to support consultation
- Spotting the sick child online learning resource (DH)
See this guidance in practice
The summary of the key recommendations in the guidance written for patients, carers and those with little medical knowledge and may be used in local patient information leaflets.
Quick Reference Guide
The quick reference guide presents recommendations for health professionals
The published NICE clinical guideline, contains the recommendations for health professionals and NHS bodies.
The published full clinical guideline for specialists with background, evidence, recommendations and methods used.