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Diarrhoea and vomiting in a child

By Sarah Marshall

Diarrhoea and vomiting in a child 


Diarrhoea and vomiting in a child
No matter how hygienic a household, most children will experience bouts of gastroenteritis. To complement a previous CPD article on acute diarrhoea in adults, Sarah Marshall looks at the condition in children
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Check your learningCheck your learning questions are based on Diarrhoea and vomiting in a child, which was commissioned from an independent author.

The information below helps you to identify knowledge gaps and undertake continuing professional development.

The questions can be viewed/printed as a PDF (20K).


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How to undertake continuing professional development

Reflect on knowledge gaps

  • What are the red flag symptoms for dehydration?
  • What is the vaccination schedule for rotavirus?
  • What is “toddler’s diarrhoea”?

Think about how this article may help you to do your job better. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s areas of competence for pharmacists are listed in “Plan and record” (available at: This article relates to “decision-making and problem-solving in relation to drug therapy” and “health education and promotion” (see appendix 4 of “Plan and record”).

Act: practice points

Reading is only one way to undertake CPD and the Society will expect to see various approaches in a pharmacist’s CPD portfolio.

  • Make sure your staff can explain how oral rehydration solutions should be prepared and the appropriate volumes to give.
  • Make sure you can advise on the use of probiotics in children.
  • Visit the Health Protection Agency website and look at information on infection control in schools.


For your work to be presented as CPD, you need to evaluate your reading and any other activities.

Answer the following questions:

  • What have you learnt?
  • How has it added value to your practice? (Have you applied this learning or had any feedback?)
  • What will you do now and how will this be achieved?


Consider making this activity one of your nine CPD entries this year.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 11001332

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