Advice for Parents:
If your child has an upset stomach, vomiting or diarrhoea it is best to give them small quantities of isotonic fluids regularly. The following are good options:
• “Dioralyte sachets” (natural, citrus or blackcurrant flavour). The powder is mixed with 200ml (7 fluid ozs) of boiled cooled water.
• Isotonic sports drinks such as “Lucozade sport”.
Do not give water, milk or 7Up to children with upset stomachs.
If the child shows signs of dehydration such as dry mouth, dry nappies or very lethargic you should seek medical advice.
With oral rehydration, you should attempt to give one to one and a half times the usual feed volume for children up to two years of age.
For children two years to twelve years of age, give 200mls (7fluid ozs) after each loose bowel motion or after vomiting. The rehydration fluid should be given slowly by sips over two to four hours.
If vomiting persists for more than 24 hours or if there is signs of an underlying serious illness such as high fever, headache , rash or stomach pains please contact your doctor immediately
(or SouthDoc , Tel =1 850 335 999 , if it is out of office hours).
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