Gastroenteritis in Children
Gastroenteritis, often called 'gastro', is an infection of the gut that causes diarrhoea and sometimes vomiting, fever and abdominal pain. It is a common illness that is infectious and easily spread. It tends to be a more serious problem in babies and small children.
Gastroenteritis is usually caused by viruses, the most common is Rotavirus. Sometimes other types of germs including bacteria and parasites may also cause it.
It is commonly spread by coming into contact with another person with the illness.
It is highly infectious so your child should not attend school, day care or kindergarten while they are sick or still have diarrhoea. Good hand washing with soap and water after handling any ill person, changing nappies and before food preparation and eating is important in helping to stop the spread of infection.
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