possible cause Gastroenteritis, inflammation of the digestive tract, usually due to a viral infection, is the most likely cause of diarrhoea with a fever. Your child may also vomit.

action Follow the self-help measures for preventing dehydration in children (p.123) and treating gastroenteritis in children (p.118). If your child has diarrhoea for more than 24 hours, call your doctor.

yes yes see your doctor within 24 hours possible cause Your child may have a urinary tract infection (p.126).

action Your doctor will test a sample of your child's urine. If the diagnosis is confirmed, a urine sample will be sent for analysis, and your child will be prescribed antibiotics. In some cases, further tests, such as ultrasound scanning (see Investigating the urinary tract in children, p.127), may be needed to look for any associated problems.

Has your child been exposed to hot sunshine or high temperatures?

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