A vomiting virus is affecting schools right across Sheffield – with many teachers and pupils falling ill.
Sheffield Children’s Hospital say the illness had not been diagnosed as norovirus and is thought to be a vomiting bug, possibly with high temperature and headache.
A post on the hospital’s Facebook page said: “At the moment there’s a virus in Sheffield that is making lots of children feel a bit poorly.
“It can be worrying for parents and carers but it isn’t serious and can be managed safely at home.”
Bradfield School posted on its website: “We have a number of students and staff currently off ill with a tummy bug which is affecting all of Sheffield.
“This has not been diagnosed as norovirus. It is mainly a vomiting bug, possibly with high temperature and headache.
“The bug is generally lasting 24 hours; however, we ask that you ensure your child does not return to school until at least 48 hours have passed since your child last vomited.”
Parents are advised to ensure poorly children have lots to drink and are given ibuprofen or paracetamol to get their temperature down.
Parents are urged to seek medical advice if a child: has a fit; develops a rash which does not disappear under the pressure of a glass; seems to be getting worse; has a fever for more than five days; shows signs of dehydration; is under three months old; or if parents feel they cannot look after their child.
For more information visit: www.sheffieldchildrens.nhs.uk/news/virus-advice-for-parents-and-carers-in-sheffield.htm