Beat tummy bugs

Don't let tummy upsets spoil your child's fun this summer


Your toddler is more susceptible to tummy bugs in the summer months.

This is because harmful bacteria quickly multiplies on food in warmer weather, both in the home or when eating out at picnics and barbecues. To prevent your child getting a tummy bug:

  • Take a supply of water and disposable wipes for dirty hands and surfaces.
  • Cooked meats, dairy products, pasta and rice salads should be kept in a cool box, packed with ice, in the coolest part of the car. Put any leftovers back in the box as soon as you’ve finished.
  • When barbecuing, remember that food usually cooks quickly on the outside but not so fast on the inside. If you’re worried, par-cook food in the oven.
  • Wrap raw meats securely so the juices don’t run onto ready-to-eat food.
  • If your child does get a bout of diarrhoea, give them plenty of fluids, try an oral rehydration solution, such as Dioralyte, and avoid dairy products. 

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