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NICE advises on antibiotics for gastroenteritis in children

GPs should not routinely give antibiotics to children with gastroenteritis, but should consider giving antibiotics to children with diarrhoea and vomiting who have recently returned from foreign travel.

The recommendation is made in draft NICE guidance published this week on the management of acute diarrhoea and vomiting in children under five.

GPs should advise parents that symptoms will usually resolve in time, but microbiological investigations should be performed if children are seriously ill with suspected septicaemia, if there is bloody and/or mucoid diarrhoea or the child is immunocompromised.

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