Advice has been given to parents this half-term over what to do if their children have norovirus or other "nasty bugs".

NHS Sussex has warned that a number of viruses and illnesses are currently "going around".

This includes norovirus, the "winter vomiting bug" that causes vomiting and diarrhoea. 

A spokesman for NHS Sussex said: "Norovirus and other nasty bugs are going around.

"We hope your little ones aren't unwell this half term, but we're sharing advice on what to do if they have vomiting and/or diarrhoea, and when to ask for extra help."

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The advice is to keep children with mild symptoms at home and to encourage them to take small regular sips or drink and to eat "smaller amounts more often".

However, if the child hasn't passed urine in 12 to 18 hours, has blood in their diarrhoea or has been vomiting for more than two days, parents should call 111 or their GP.

Parents have also been urged to go to an accident and emergency department or call 999 if their child has any of the following symptoms:

  • Bright yellow, green or brown vomit
  • Blood in their vomit
  • Has swallowed something poisonous
  • A stiff neck and pain when looking at bright lights
  • A sudden severe headache or stomach pain

According to the NHS, Norovirus should typically go away after about two days.

Other symptoms apart from vomiting and diarrhoea can include a high temperature and aching arms and legs.

The NHS website says the "most important thing" is to rest and have lots of fluids to avoid dehydration.