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Should I give imodium (loperamide) to my child that is infected with a rotavirus?

Should I give imodium (loperamide) to my child that is infected with a rotavirus?

Avoid if poss: Diarrhea is a natural mechanism to clean the intestines from toxins or pathogens. Drs. Advice to avoid anti diarrheal medications if possible always. The main issue is to keep good hydration, drinking fluids and electrolytes (potassium & sodium) to replace the loss and to maintain good hydration. Ask ur pediatician. ...Read more

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How could I do with my son"s rotavirus?

How could I do with my son"s rotavirus?

How old is your son?: Rotavirus can be a serious illness for young infants, because of dehydration.Was he not vaccinated? Has he seen his pediatrician? There is no actual treatment for the virus.So in general, if he is vomiting, you need to give him small sips of fluids (the type depends on his age)& watch his urine output. For the diarrhea, if he is on solids, continue them. Talk to his doctor for futher advice. ...Read more

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What test for rotavirus and why?

What test for rotavirus and why?

Several tests: Commercial assays for detecting group-a antigens; viral cultures, or serological response by antibody testing (generally retrospective). There is little benefit to individual patients to proving the cause for the viral illness since there is no specific treatment available, and most therapy is for dehydration, control of vomiting and diarrhea, and dealing with infrequent complications. ...Read more

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Rotavirus infection serious in kids?

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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Is rotavirus a kind of airborne virus?

Is rotavirus a kind of airborne virus?

Not likely: Rotavirus is though to spread via the fecal-oral route, so infection occurs in areas of poor sanitation. Good hand washing helps to prevent spread of viruses such as rotavirus. ...Read more

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How is rotavirus treated in a hospital?

How is rotavirus treated in a hospital?

Isolation/hygiene: There is no cure for rotavirus, so treatment is more for making your child feel better and to prevent any complications from dehydration. If your child is hospitalized, they will be isolated from other children to prevent an outbreak in the hopital. It's the leading cause of severe diarrhea. In some infants and children, diarrhea may be so severe that the dehydration requires IV hydration. ...Read more

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How deadly is rotavirus in a 2 month old?

Depends: It is one of the most common reasons for hospitalization due to dehydration for infants. Worldwide, it causes significant mortality in young infants. When there is early recognition and proper care, it usually passes without significant long term effect. ...Read more

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What are the tests for rotavirus infection?

What are the tests for rotavirus infection?

Poo sent to lab: Some stool water/solids can be sent to a laboratory that will test the material for the presence of the rotovirus antigen (bodies) using a simple test. It seldom changes the method of treatment for the child but helps monitor the activity of the virus in the community. ...Read more

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Should I breastfeed if I have the rotavirus?

Should I breastfeed if I have the rotavirus?

Yes: Although rotavirus is contagious, you should not if possible stop nursing your baby. Important things to remember is to maintain yourself very well hydrated as you do not only loose water with diarrhea, and vomiting but electrolytes as well. Wash your hands with soap and water every time you go to the bathroom and before you touch either your breast or the baby. If taking any meds consult the dr. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of rotavirus infection?

What are the symptoms of rotavirus infection?

Diarrhea: Rotavius s one of the mt common causes of diarrhea and viral gastroenteritis (stomach bug) in children. In general, children only need supportive care such as oral fluids. However, the diarrhea can be very bad and lead to severe dehydration requiring IV fluids. It can be deadly in some parts of the world. A vaccine is now available for it. ...Read more

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Does rotavirus infection usually cause many symptoms?

Does rotavirus infection usually cause many symptoms?

Yes: Dr hadied's answer is comprehensive. But to add, immunize your infant with the rotavirus vaccine, which has according to recent study, reduced the number or er visits due to rotavirus infection from 400, 000 per year to 100, 000 per year, a 75% reduction. And no serious com plications. This will only get better. ...Read more

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Do symptoms like rotavirus infection go away quickly?

Do symptoms like rotavirus infection go away quickly?

Some do: Rotovirus is an intestinal virus with variable symptoms and duration. Generally lasting 3-8 days, the affected kid may develop dehydration & acidosis requiring hospital based care or have a brief mild illness and self recover. ...Read more

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If my child had rotavirus is he immune from noravirus?

No: These are different viruses with different genetic makeup. The immunity gained from rotovirus is protective for furtur rotovirus exposure, not other GI viruses. ...Read more

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Is rotavirus a the most common cause of gastroenteritis?

Thanks for asking!: Most cases in children are caused by rotavirus, while in adults it is norovirus & campylobacter. ...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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What is the the vaccination for rotavirus called?

What is the the vaccination for rotavirus called?

Rotateq or Rotarix: There are two rotavirus vaccines in the U.S. Both are live-virus oral vaccines. Rotateq is given in 3 doses, and Rotarix is 2 doses. A baby can start with one vaccine, and should finish the series with the same vaccine, but he doesn't have to. It is ok for him to finish with the series with the other vaccine. ...Read more

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What is rotavirus?

What is rotavirus?

Gastroenteritis: Rotavirus is a the most common cause of gastroenteritis in children. It causes watery diarrhea. Although it usually is self limiting and not serious, almost 2 million children become seriously ill from dehydration world wide every year, and over 500, 000 children under 5 die. In the US there were 35-40 deaths each year from this before the vaccine, which has decreased these numbers. ...Read more

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