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Can better hygiene prevent rotavirus infection?

Can better hygiene prevent rotavirus infection?

Yes.: Good handwashing is key! rotavirus causes bad diarrhea and in newborns, elderly and people with weak immune systems, can cause severe dehydration... And sometimes death. Another way to prevent rotavirus is to have your infant vaccinated. The vaccine is safe and effective. Cheers! ...Read more

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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Is there a safe vaccination that will prevent rotavirus infection?

Is there a safe vaccination that will prevent rotavirus infection?

Yes, Rotateq vaccine: The old vaccine 20 years ago had intussusception side effects (intestinal problem). New RotaTeq doesn't seem to have the side effect, meaning the chance of getting intuss. Is the same with or without rotateq. Rotateq is safe enough for babies, to prevent rotavirus diarrhea&dehydration (& death in 3rd world countries). Gsk-rotarix caused a slight increase in intuss. In mexico (1 in 100, 000 babies). ...Read more

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Will sterilisation of milk bottles help to prevent rotavirus infection in babies?

A better way: Effective handwashing will go a lot further in preventing rotavirus infection. However, if rotavirus is on the bottles, sterilization will kill it. But it won't help if someone with rotavirus on their hands fixes the bottle. ...Read more

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Is a rotavirus infection dangerous for the elderly?

It can be: But rotavirus is seen mostly in the young as many people are immune to the different rotaviruses by adulthood. ...Read more

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I have cancer, can a rotavirus infection cause complications?

I have cancer, can a rotavirus infection cause complications?

May be: Rotavirus is seen in kids presents as gsatro enteritis, basically seen in children, if you are on chemo, immuno suppressed to get it. ...Read more

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I have celiac disease, can a rotavirus infection cause complications?

Usually not: Rotavirus is a short-lived viral infection. It can wreak havoc on the GI tract and cause some dehydration but there is no correlation between the two diseases. ...Read more

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What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for rotavirus infection?

Care supportive: Kids with rotovirus are generally treated with supportive measures.Rehydration fluids, diet as tolerated and monitored urine output. Occasionally IV fluids are necessary. The virus will resolve within 3-8 days and gut recovery will follow close behind. There are no abx or anti-diarrhea meds that help this in a small child. An adult might try loperamide for the cramps & loose stools. ...Read more

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Rotavirus infection serious in kids?

Generally not: Similar to other viruses which infect the GI tract, but the nausea, vomiting, fever and respiratory symptoms may be slightly worse. Children will be lethargic, not have much appetite, and may develop low grade liver inflammation. Serious complications are almost entirely related to dehydration, imbalance of electrolytes, and acidosis. Often lasts 8-10 days and rarely requires hospitalization. ...Read more

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What can I do to protect my kids from my rotavirus infection?

Immunize &wash hands: Rotavirus is one of the most common and potentially serious intestinal viral infections in the us. It is spread by contact, not through the air. So the best defense is to wash hands before eating and after caring for children or adults, especially changing diapers, clothes, etc.. A safe, effective oral vaccine is available and recommended for all healthy infants. ...Read more

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Where am I or my child likely to contract a rotavirus infection?

Yes: Rotavirus causes diarrhea in young children, which may lead to dehydration. Speak to your doctor about prevention and treatment options. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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