GASTROENTERITIS IS IN OUR COMMUNITY.
Gastroenteritis (or gastro) is a bowel infection that causes diarrhoea and sometimes vomiting. It can cause dehydration, especially in young children and babies. Children in particular need to drink plenty of clear fluids. Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to prevent gastroenteritis infection. Alcohol-based hand sanitisers are not effective against gastroenteritis. Keep your child away from others until 48 hours after their symptoms have stopped. If symptoms persist, visit your local GP. For more information, head to www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/ health/conditionsandtreatments/ gastroenteritis-in-children.