Your Children – Tummy Timeline

  • 1- 2 days

    Vomiting and diarrhoea can happen on their own or together. When they happen together, it is called gastro-enteritis. Gastro-enteritis is caused by a tummy bug, usually from contaminated food or close contact with someone who already has symptoms. Your child’s vomiting will usually last between 6 and 12 hours and diarrhoea between 24 and 48 hours.

    Usually there is no specific cure and you need to let the illness run its course. Make sure your child drinks plenty of liquids so they don’t become dehydrated.  Children should generally not take special medicines for vomiting and diarrhoea.

  • 2 - 5 days

    Your child’s vomiting should stop after 24 hours but diarrhoea may take up to 5 days to clear. Continue to make sure your child drinks plenty of liquids to avoid dehydration.

    Always contact your doctor if you are worried about your child’s vomiting or diarrhoea, especially in a young child.