27th April 2009
The NICE guideline (CG84) covers the management of diarrhoea and vomiting due to gastroenteritis in children younger than 5 years.
The quick reference guide is worth reading by all who may have to advise on the management of children with gastroenteritis, including community pharmacists. More detail is provided in the whole guideline. A version in plain English for parents and carers is also available.
The guidance covers diagnosis, assessment of dehydration, fluid management, nutritional management and the role of antibiotics and other therapies. It provides recommendations on the advice to be given to parents and carers, and also considers when care should be escalated – from home management through to hospital admission.
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