Parents, carers and health care professionals are being encouraged by Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to learn the best ways to care for children who become ill with gastroenteritis.
Gastroenteritis, also known as a stomach bug, is an illness that can cause diarrhoea and vomiting in children. This is one of ‘The Big 6’ illnesses, most commonly seen in under 16s, that can lead to children and young people being seen by urgent and emergency care services.
Information packs are available on both CCG websites so that anyone can easily access the advice and guidance. This information pack lists the symptoms associated with the illness and tells you the best method of treatment for your child depending on the severity of their symptoms.
The information packs can be downloaded here,
Dr Julian Povey, Chair of Shropshire CCG, said: “I would highly recommend that all parents and carers looking after young children keep a copy of these advice sheets handy. They are excellent tools to help you to make the best decision for your child should they come down with a stomach bug or any of ‘The Big 6’ common illnesses that affect young children.”
Dr Jo Leahy, Chair of Telford and Wrekin CCG, said: “By making use of our information pack, you can be sure you are giving your child the best possible care and that they are back to their normal selves as soon as possible.”
The pack includes information about the warning signs to look out for, questions that you can use to assess the seriousness of your child’s illness, and advice on actions you need to take in response to your child’s symptoms.