You can't always prevent diarrhoea

Good food hygiene can reduce the risk of getting it.

While you have diarrhoea:

  • wash your hands well every time you've been to the toilet
  • clean the toilet after you've gone
  • don't share towels and things you put in your mouth (like cutlery)
  • wash soiled clothes or bed linen at 60 degrees or higher

Children are vaccinated against rotavirus, which causes diarrhoea, as part of their routine childhood vaccination.

Find out how to prevent travellers' diarrhoea.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 14 Jul 2017