There has been an unexpected increase in children affected by diarrhoea and/or vomiting. This is usually caused by a virus which is spread by unwashed hands or sometimes eating food that has been contaminated by a person who has symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting.
A chid who has symptoms should be off school until they feel better with normal stool and at least 48 hours after symptoms have settled. Parents are advised to see the GP if the child is unwell, as treatment may be needed to replace fluids. It is recommended that a stool specimen is submitted via the GP or other heath professional.
Please take the letter sent home with you to your GP if your child/children have symptoms.
To prevent spread of infection, it is recommended that all the family regularly wash their hands, especially after going to the toilet and before handling food, and keep surfaces clean in the kitchen and toilet areas to reduce possible contamination.
We may ask a local environmental health officer to visit the home or school and request stool samples from symptomatic children to find the cause.
Heath Protection Nurse