2 Notes on the scope of the guidance
NICE guidelines are developed in accordance with a scope that defines what the guideline will and will not cover.
The guideline covers infants and young children from birth up to their fifth birthday presenting with acute diarrhoea (lasting up to 14 days) with or without vomiting due to gastroenteritis.
It does not cover infants and young children with chronic diarrhoea and vomiting (lasting more than 14 days), those with disorders other than gastroenteritis that cause diarrhoea or vomiting, those with medical disorders that significantly alter the approach to their fluid management, or neonates who are admitted to the neonatal unit.
How this guideline was developed
NICE commissioned the National Collaborating Centre for Women's and Children's Health to develop this guideline. The Centre established a Guideline Development Group (see appendix A), which reviewed the evidence and developed the recommendations. An independent Guideline Review Panel oversaw the development of the guideline (see appendix B).
There is more information about how NICE clinical guidelines are developed on the NICE website. A booklet, 'How NICE clinical guidelines are developed: an overview for stakeholders, the public and the NHS' is available.