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  • Gastroenteritis can cause dehydration, especially in young children and babies.
  • Everyone, especially children, needs to drink plenty of clear fluids if they have gastroenteritis.
  • Gastroenteritis is easy to catch.
  • Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to prevent gastroenteritis infection. Alcohol-based hand sanitisers while effective against some viruses (such as coronavirus), are not effective against gastroenteritis.
  • Keep your child away from others until 48 hours after their symptoms have stopped. If symptoms persist, visit your GP.

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Reviewed on: 11-03-2021