It can be quite distressing for parents and children alike when they catch gastroenteritis (gastro). Melbourne Montessori School is committed to preventing the spread of gastroenteritis, as children can be particularly vulnerable. Attached is a health guide from the Victorian government on what you can do as a parent if symptoms of gastro present in your child.

In summary:

  • Gastroenteritis can cause dehydration, especially in young children and babies. Everyone, especially children, needs to drink plenty of clear fluids if they have gastroenteritis.
  • Gastroenteritis is easy to catch. To avoid spreading gastro – wash your hands with warm water and soap. It is Melbourne Montessori School’s policy for children to stay away from school a minimum of 48 hours since their last symptom of gastroenteritis.
  • See your doctor if symptoms continue.