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Rotavirus : Rotavirus is a viral infection spread through contact with the stool of and infected person. It is one of the major causes of dehydration from diarrhea in young children. Since there is no cure, treatment is supportive with rehydration and avoidance of dairy for at least 2 weeks. Vaccines for prevention are now given to infants under 6 months of age. ...Read more
Roto virus=gut virus: Kids with rotovirus are generally treated with supportive measures. Re hydration 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. ...Read more
Why can antiseptic kill bacteria but can't kill virus when children get sick caused by virus? Thanks
Antibiotics: Antiseptics (such as bleach or alcohol) can kill both bacteria and viruses. Antibiotics, on the other hand, are medications that interfere with specific biological processes present only in bacteria (usually the reproduction process), which results in the death of the bacteria. These processes are not present in viruses, which have a different reproductive method, so antibiotics will not work. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Infections: You really cannot tell the difference because viral and bacterial infections can start out the same, fever, cough and congestion, etc. If your child looks pitiful with a fever but then starts playing when its gone, its more likely to be viral. A lot depends on the age of the child. ...Read more
I work with children and I am constantly getting a virus, cold etc. How can I boost my immune system so i can stay healthy?
38y/o m.Living in the us for 6 years (born uk).My children recently got diagnosed with croup and i'm feeling very 'off'. Possible i've got virus too?
Yes: Croup is very transmittable and adults can get it many times just like kids since there are many strains. Adults usually don't have the croupy cough but you can still have fevers, sore throat, congestion, cough and feel miserable. I've had croup (as a pediatrician, at least 20 times in my career). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is there a virus that has no fever, but makes children very tired, achey, chilled, and a heavy feeling?
VIRAL SYNDROME: When after a thorough medical exam and we cannot find a cause, DX is viral syndrome. ...Read more
Is it ok to take a family cruise to the Eastern Caribbean with the zika virus outbreak? My children are 7 and 10.
ZIKA AND RISK: Travelling to Zika virus infested areas is of importance if you are planning pregnancy. Otherwise the routine of avoiding mosquitoes bites is what is recommended. The statistics are as below very small for the Virgin islands. Puerto Rico 7 (88) 2,474 (98) US Virgin Islands 1 (12) 21 (1) ...Read more
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