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Increasing cases of Norovirus

With Norovirus on the increase in the uk at the moment, here is some information which may be of use to parents/carers.

 

Norovirus, which causes diarrhoea and/or vomiting, is one of the most common stomach bugs in the UK. It's also called the "winter vomiting bug" because it's more common in winter, although you can catch it at any time of the year.

Norovirus can be very unpleasant but it usually clears up by itself in a few days.

You can normally look after yourself or your child at home.

Try to avoid going to your GP, as norovirus can spread to others very easily. Call your GP or NHS 111 if you're concerned or need any advice.

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Symptoms of norovirus

 

The symptoms of norovirus are very distinctive.

You're likely to have norovirus if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • suddenly feeling sick
  • projectile vomiting
  • watery diarrhoea

Some people may also have a slight fever, headaches, painful stomach cramps and aching limbs.

The symptoms appear one to two days after you become infected and typically last for up to two or three days.

 

What to do if you have norovirus?

 

If you experience sudden diarrhoea and/or vomiting, the best thing to do is to stay at home until you're feeling better. There's no cure for norovirus, so you have to let it run its course.

You don't usually need to get medical advice unless there's a risk of a more serious problem.

 

To help ease your own or your child’s symptoms:

  • Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. You need to drink more than usual to replace the fluids lost from vomiting and diarrhoea – as well as water, adults could also try fruit juice and soup. Avoid giving fizzy drinks or fruit juice to children as it can make their diarrhoea worse. Babies should continue to feed as usual, either with breast milk or other milk feeds.

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