These are top tips for treating norovirus at home according to NHS

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Monday, 6th January 2020, 2:09 pm
Updated Monday, 6th January 2020, 2:14 pm

Cases of stomach bugs such as norovirus have spiked in the south east in recent months.

If you find yourself suffering from such illnesses, the NHS have released a series of tips for treating yourself at home.

The health service says that Diarrhoea and vomiting are common in adults, children and babies. They're often caused by a stomach bug and should stop in a few days.

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The advice is the same if you have diarrhoea and vomiting together or separately.

Here are the NHS’s top tips for treating stomach bugs at home:

Do

- stay at home and get plenty of rest

- drink lots of fluids, such as water or squash – take small sips if you feel sick

- carry on breast or bottle feeding your baby – if they're being sick, try giving small feeds more often than usual

- give babies on formula or solid foods small sips of water between feeds

- eat when you feel able to – you don't need to eat or avoid any specific foods

- take paracetamol if you're in discomfort – check the leaflet before giving it to your child

Don’t

- do not have fruit juice or fizzy drinks – they can make diarrhoea worse

- do not make baby formula weaker – use it at its usual strength

- do not give children under 12 medicine to stop diarrhoea

- do not give aspirin to children under 16

How long do diarrhoea and vomiting last?

The NHS says that in adults and children:

- diarrhoea usually stops within 5 to 7 days

- vomiting usually stops in 1 or 2 days

However you are advised that you should stay off school or work until you have not been sick or had diarrhoea for at least 2 days.