Gastroenteritis is almost as common as the flu during winter, because that's when people are congregated together indoors making it easy for the virus to spread from person to person. The viruses behind tummy bugs are called the ‘Noro Virus’, and ‘Rotavirus’

To control a gastro bug it’s important to know that a person with the virus is infectious while they have symptoms and for at least 72 hours after the symptoms have gone.

Symptoms that last for around three days are:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Vomiting


If dehydration occurs, a trip to hospital may be necessary, so managing dehydration properly is important. Fruit juices and soft drinks can make the diarrhoea worse and plain water may not rehydrate your child properly. A simple rehydration solution you can make at home is to put one teaspoon of sugar and a pinch of salt into one litre of water, and drink small amounts often. You can also buy rehydration solutions from pharmacies.

Basic measures for controlling the spread of gastro enteritis are:

  • Thoroughly wash your hands after using the toilet or changing nappies
  • Use rubber gloves and diluted bleach to clean up vomit and diarrhoea
  • Wash soiled laundry in hot soapy water
  • Don't prepare food for others for at least 72 hours after symptoms cease (or wear protective rubber gloves)
  • Most importantly, kids who've had gastroenteritis should stay at home for three days after the diarrhoea has stopped.


Our Treatment

Strict hygienic measures are the best to prevent gastro, but once a person has it, homeopathic medicines can offer good control of the vomiting and diarrhoea. It is best to be equipped with the appropriate medicines at home ready if anyone in your family gets gastro, as once it strikes, prompt treatment is needed! On these occasions we can offer phone consults for our existing patients.

TGA regulations prevent us from offering advice on the treatment of infectious diseases, outside the context of a professional consultation.