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About this information

NICE clinical guidelines advise the NHS on caring for people with specific conditions or diseases and the treatments they should receive. The information applies to people using the NHS in England and Wales.

This information explains the advice about the care and treatment of children with diarrhoea and vomiting caused by gastroenteritis that is set out in NICE clinical guideline 84.

This document has been updated since the guidance was originally published in April 2010. This version enhances the advice to parents and carers relating to action required when a child has bilious (green) vomit.

Does this information apply to me?

Yes, if you are the parent, family member or carer of a child younger than 5 years old who has diarrhoea lasting up to 2 weeks, with or without vomiting.