Hello, I'm Dr Rupal Shah

Hello, I'm Dr Rupal Shah.

I'm a GP in Battersea in London,
at the Bridge Lane Group Practice.

Fever and vomiting
are common symptoms in childhood

and there are many possible causes.

The most important thing to bear in mind

is how well you think
your child is in themselves.

For example if they're quite drowsy
and floppy, if they're not eating,

then there's a higher chance
that they could be seriously ill

with a nasty infection

and you should certainly see your GP
in this case.

If your child is quite well
in themselves

and is still eating and drinking,

is still playing
and interested in their environment,

then there's less of
a significant chance of serious illness.

If your child isn't managing
to tolerate any fluids,

then that would be another reason
to go and see your GP,

because children get dehydrated
quite easily.

Fever and vomiting can be caused
by a viral illness.

If they've caught a tummy bug
from nursery or from school,

like a rotavirus infection,

that often presents
with fever and vomiting

and that's usually self-limiting.

The child isn't usually very unwell
in themselves in those cases,

so they're quite cheerful and alert
even though they are throwing up.

There are more serious causes
of fever and vomiting

and these range from a bladder infection
all the way to meningitis.

If you're worried
that your child is less responsive,

more floppy, not themselves,

then it's always worth
seeking urgent medical help.