The norovirus - also known as gastroenteritis - can be dangerous for babies under one year. Here are the symptoms to watch out for, plus some tips on how to prevent it
Norovirus – also known as gastroenteritis and the vomiting bug – is highly contagious and spreads quickly.
Unfortunately babies are particularly susceptible to the illness, which causes vomiting and diarrhoea. Other symptoms may include a fever.
Diarrhoea can be dangerous for babies and infants as they can quickly become dehydrated. If your baby under one year old starts vomiting, or they have diarrhoea, or both, call your GP or NHS direct. If they show the symptoms of dehydration (see below), take them to A&E.
Symptoms of dehydration in babies
*A sunken ‘soft spot’ (fontanelle) on their head
*Crying without tears
*Fewer wet nappies
What you can do to minimise the risk
*Wash your hands before eating or preparing food. This is especially important if you have just changed any nappies or used the loo.
*Wipe down all surfaces, especially food preparation surfaces and your baby’s highchair, with a disinfectant spray, and immediately remove and wash any soiled clothing.
*If your baby is at nursery or being looked after by a childminder, they should not return for 48 hours after their last bout of diarrhoea or vomiting, to prevent the infection from spreading.
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