Suspected Gastroenteritis Care Pathway Overview

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Assessment - Traffic Light Features

GP Management

See GP Fluid Challenge Guidelines

Provide parents / carers with advice:

Preventing dehydration:

  • Continue breastfeeding and other milk feeds
  • Encourage fluid intake
  • Discourage fruit juices and carbonated drinks (especially those children at increased risk of dehydration)
  • Offer oral rehydration solution (ORS) as supplemental fluid to those at increased risk of dehydration
  • Refer to Table 4 for stool microbiology advice

Follow up by arranging a review by an appropriate health care professional

Direct to local numbers

Practice Point:

When you feel a GP review in a specific time period is clinically appropriate but that falls outside of the ’in hours’ GP service please contact the Paediatric OOH HUB on 0300 369 0461 after 15:30.  Your patient will be contacted during the out of hours period, assessed and the appropriate actions taken. Please see the Urgent/OOH section for further information and the process.


Patient Resources

Please see the Patient & Carer Information & Leaflets section.

Resources for Professionals

National Standards

Please see the National and NICE Guidance section.


Please see the GP Education section.