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Highlands Health Centre

Highlands Health Centre

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Management of Common Ailments

Diarrhoea and Vomiting

In adults and older children diarrhoea and vomiting will usually get better on its own. Treatment consists of replacing the fluid that you have lost and resting the digestive system by having nothing to eat for 24 hours and no dairy products until 24 hours afterwards. Sachets of powders such as Dioralyte and Rehidrat, which can be made into a drink, are available from the chemist. You can make your own by mixing into a pint of water two tablespoons of sugar and half a teaspoon of salt. If the diarrhoea contains blood and there is severe pain of high fever, you should discuss it with your doctor.

Diarrhoea and vomiting in small babies and young children should be treated with caution and the doctor will be happy to advise about this over the phone and arrange to see you if necessary.


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