Gastroenteritis – watch out for it

  • Gastroenteritis is a short-term illness triggered by the infection and inflammation of the digestive system. Symptoms can include abdominal cramps, diarrhoea and vomiting. 
  • Some of the causes of gastroenteritis include viruses, bacteria, bacterial toxins, parasites, particular chemicals and some drugs.
  • Good old-fashioned handwashing with soap and water is still the best defence against spreading the bug.
  • Clean kitchen tops, toys, toilet seats, nappy change tables and taps to ensure you don’t spread the infection to others at home.
  • If you or anyone in your household is ill, stay home for 48 hours after symptoms have stopped to ensure you are clear of infection.
  • Read the fact sheet here