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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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.
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.
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.See 5 more doctor answers
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
No: These are different viruses with different genetic makeup. The immunity gained from rotovirus is protective for furtur rotovirus exposure, not other GI viruses.
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer