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Coronavirus: advice to stop the spread. Extra restrictions are in place for Kildare, Laois and Offaly

When to get medical help

Diarrhoea in babies and children

Most babies and toddlers recover from diarrhoea without needing to see a doctor.

You should take your child to your GP immediately if they:

  • have had diarrhoea more than 6 times in 24 hours
  • have blood or mucus in their poo
  • have vomited more than 3 times in 24 hours
  • show any symptoms of dehydration
  • still have diarrhoea after 7 days
  • have recently returned from travelling abroad

Take your child to the hospital immediately if they:

  • have any symptoms of severe dehydration
  • have a high temperature that will not go down
  • are getting worse fast
  • have bad tummy pain - older children will be able to tell you if they have a bad tummy pain. Younger children and babies will not be able to. Inconsolable crying in a baby or small child could be a sign that they are in pain

A high temperature for babies under 3 months means 38°C and over. A high temperature for babies over 3 months means 39°C and over.

page last reviewed: 20/11/2018
next review due: 20/11/2021