Norovirus is one of the most common stomach bugs in the UK. It causes diarrhoea and vomiting and can be very unpleasant, but it usually clears up by itself in a few days.

You can normally look after yourself or your child at home. Try to avoid going to your GP as norovirus can spread to others very easily. Call your GP or NHS 111 if you’re worried or need some advice.

If you experience sudden diarrhoea and vomiting, it’s best to stay at home until you’re feeling better. There’s no cure for norovirus but you can ease your own or your child’s symptoms by:

  • drinking plenty of fluids
  • taking paracetamol for any aches and pains
  • getting plenty of rest
  • eating plain foods (if you feel like eating)
  • using special rehydration drinks

For more information on norovirus visit NHS choices.