accessibility & help

Baby and Child First Aid

First aid for babies and children:
vomiting and diarrhoea

Watch the video, in which a child is treated for vomiting and diarrhoea, and remind yourself of the key steps below.

A child who repeatedly vomits or goes to the toilet more frequently than usual is at risk of becoming dehydrated very quickly.

Give the baby or child drinks of boiled water that’s been cooled. Encourage them to drink small sips often.

Learn more

This will replace the fluid they have lost. Using a rehydration product is advised for prolonged periods of vomiting and diarrhoea – these will replace the salts lost through the condition.


Let the baby or child rest.

Learn more

It is a good idea to place a bowl near them in case they need to vomit.


If symptoms persist, seek medical advice.

Learn more

Vomiting and diarrhoea can be dangerous as they can lead to dehydration – a state where the body does not have enough fluids in it to function properly.


Why not explore more?

Send us your stories

We’d love to hear about your own real-life first aid stories. Email us at or use this form.

Related Tags:


First aid symbol

Baby and Child First Aid app

An adult hand holding a baby's hand, with screenshot of the Baby and Child First Aid app

Keep the little ones safe with our free first aid app for Apple and Android.

View more >

Fast first aid tips

Child rolled on their side

All the important information on Baby and Child First Aid at your fingertips. Print it out and put it on your wall!

Fast first aid tips >

Take the quiz

Child being given chest thrusts

How much have you learned about Baby and Child First Aid? Take the quiz and find out.

Test your skills >

Other skills

Learn how to help a baby or child having a severe allergic reaction.

Learn first aid for a fever.