8th Aug 2018
An Upwell GP is offering advice on how to treat diarrhoea and sickness after there has been an increase in the number of cases in West Norfolk.
Dr Paul Williams, Chair of West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group, is advising people to stay at home, take paracetamol and keep hydrated in order to treat the symptoms.
There has been a reported increase in the number of younger people and children who are experiencing diarrhoea and sickness.
People who have had diarrhoea and sickness are asked to be symptom free for 48 hours before considering visiting someone at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Dr Williams said: “While these symptoms are uncomfortable, the best advice is to stay at home and hydrated until the bug has passed.
“For cases of diarrhoea parents can get advice from their local pharmacy where they can also obtain supplies of rehydration salts for their affected children.
“If you are vomiting, rest the stomach for about 30 minutes after being sick and then try to take a few sips of water or squash frequently to help re-hydrate you, it is best to avoid fizzy drinks or fruit juice.
“We are also advising people to take paracetamol to alleviate any discomfort.
“If you are unsure about your symptoms then please contact the 111 service, which is able to offer advice.”