Which children with acute diarrhoea should be referred to hospital?

Most children with acute diarrhoea can be managed at home or at a primary care clinic. However, the following children should be referred to hospital for further management:

  • Children with signs of severe dehydration or shock
  • Children who have lost more than 10% of their body weight
  • Children who continue to vomit despite being given oral rehydration solution
  • Children with a fever or other signs of infection
  • Children who have had a convulsion (fit) or are very irritable

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