We place cookies onto your computer to help make this website better. Without them, this site would not function correctly or be able to collect information to make your experience better. By continuing to use this site, we'll assume you're OK with this. Read more about our Privacy & Cookies.
Stomach flu (gastroenteritis)
The stomach flu, or gastroenteritis, is the most common illness in children next to respiratory illness.
How can you tell when your child’s symptoms are stomach flu?
If your toddler vomiting or do has diarrhoea he could have gastroenteritis, also known as the stomach flu. In most cases, the stomach flu cannot be treated with antibiotics because it is usually caused from a virus such as the rotavirus, adenovirus, calicivirus, and astrovirus.
In a few instances, the stomach ache flu is caused by a bacterial infection but it is unusual.
You can treat the stomach flu at home by making sure to give your toddler plenty of fluids to keep them hydrated. Use an over the counter electrolyte solution to replace the fluids, minerals and slats the body has lost because of the diarrhoea. Also give your child children’s pain relievers for fever and pain.