4. Diarrhoea and Vomiting
Diarrhoea may be caused by viral infections (gastroenteritis),
or through food poisoning. This causes weakness by fluid and
Dairy products should be stopped and drinks such as clear
fluid, dilute squashes or apple juice should be taken. With
babies, replace lost salts through oral rehydration solution
(from chemists) which come in different flavours. As the condition
improves grated apples or carrots, lean meat, dry bread and
crackers. Remember to wash hands after going to the toilet.
Contact your GP if there is high fever, or blood in the diarrhoea,
or if the baby is drowsy and is sick frequently.
When the stomach cannot tolerate the food it
is digesting, it causes vomiting. This can also be due to
an infection, but generally clears after 24 hours. Vomiting
is common in early pregnancy.
Allow the stomach to settle, and then begin
with sips of water, or diluted fruit juice. Progress to crackers
or toast, avoiding dairy products.
Comsult your GP if it persists for more than