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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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If my baby got sick after her first rotavirus vaccination, should I tell the doctor not to give her the next one?

If my baby got sick after her first rotavirus vaccination, should I tell the doctor not to give her the next one?

Yes: I would still recommend receiving the rest of the series however. Remember that rotavirus is the number 1 reason for hospitalization for children in this country. ...Read more

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My child has gastroenteritis and diarrhea. Should I give him imodium(r)?

My child has gastroenteritis and diarrhea.  Should I give him imodium(r)?

No...: The most likely cause of this is a virus and needs to clear out of the GI tract. The most important thing to do is to keep your child well hydrated. If he is able to drink fluids (don't worry about solid foods at this time), then keep giving him liquids. Also take note of his urine output - if he is not urinating and looks dry, unable to take fluids, then take him to the nearest er for IV fluid. ...Read more

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Color of stool in a child with rotavirus?

Color of stool in a child with rotavirus?

Varies: You can get many different stool colors with Rotavirus. One more common color, in my experience, has been a distinct "technicolor green". As it progresses you can see clear watery stools, yellow stools, and finally brown. With the advent of the vaccine we hardly ever see Rotavirus these days. ...Read more

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Is rotavirus vaccination mandatory for every child?

Is rotavirus vaccination mandatory for every child?

No: Rotavirus is one of the main causes of diarrhea related deaths worldwide in infants & children. It is also one of the prime reasons kids in the US are hospitalized for dehydration. The vaccine has been effective in reducing these admissions within the populations that use them. However, they remain optional. ...Read more

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How can I quickly test for and prevent rotavirus in my child?

How can I quickly test for and prevent rotavirus in my child?

Direct-antigen test: The direct-antigen test can give results in 24 hours and vaccination with a rotavirus vaccine can substantially reduce a child’s risk of life-threatening rotavirus infection. Studies show that these vaccines can prevent approximately 75% of rotavirus infections and over 95% of hospitalizations due to rotavirus. The rotavirus vaccine is given orally to children at 2 months, 4 months, and 6 months. ...Read more

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In what manner is my child likely to contract a rotavirus?

In what manner is my child likely to contract a rotavirus?

Contact: Usually from direct contact which is why good handwashing techniques are so effective in preventing the spread. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if the oral rotavirus is given to a child by injection?

Could you tell me what happens if the oral rotavirus is given to a child by injection?

Dangerous: This vaccine is meant to be given by mouth, it is a live vaccine and if you given by injection the virus can reach the blood in high numbers and cause many problems. ...Read more

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If my child had rotavirus is he immune from noravirus?

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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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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My child has severe diarrhea from a rotavirus, how can I maintain his fluids?

My child has severe diarrhea from a rotavirus, how can I maintain his fluids?

Rehydration fluids: Rehydration fluids designed to replace lost water and blood salts (electrolytes) can be very helpful. Some authorities prefer rehydration fluids with fiber like ricelyte © which are reported to be more effective at reducing diarrhea. I would certainly avoid milk products containing lactose until the child is well since many children become lactose intolerant during a bout of rotavirus. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms that your child has the flu and not the rotavirus or norovirus?

What are the symptoms that your child has the flu and not the rotavirus or norovirus?

Several: Rotavirus and norovirus infections are generally limited to the GI tract. Although influenza may also produce GI symptoms, the upper and occasionally lower respiratory tract symptoms, degree of fever, generalized muscle aches and degree of malaise are far more than one could reasonably expect from the first two viruses. ...Read more

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If my child gets rotavirus, can she get it again within the same month or year?

If my child gets rotavirus, can she get it again within the same month or year?

Yes: Just like a cold, it can cause an infection again, usually not as severe on subsequent infections. ...Read more

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If we miss 1st dose of ipv Hib rotavirus vaccine along with 1st dose of opv hepb DPT can it be taken along with 2nd dose to my child who is of 75old?

Not advised: It is not a huge problem if you miss a dose of vaccines. Hepatitis- if your child has no high risk behaviors, it can wait. Ipv- polio is unlikely in the continental United States so if it is a few months late, no problem. Rotavirus cannot be given after 8 months so ask your pediatrician bout that. Hib can be caught up later. Often less reactions to all vaccines when given a little older. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my grandson is in the hospital with what they are saying is rotavirus. Can anyone give me any insight to this?

Should i be concerned if my grandson is in the hospital with what they are saying is rotavirus. Can anyone give me any insight to this?

Not necessarily: Rotovirus is responsible for most of the hospitalizations for dehydration among infants in the us. It is a transient problem that self heals with simple fluid support (IV) and a gradual re-introduction of regular feeds.It is a simple waterborne germ that is transmitted easily in the stool water and may contaminate changing tables or the hands of personnel. ...Read more

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Pediatricians will you still be giving the rotavirus vaccines?

Vaccination schedule: Rotavirus vaccination is currently among he recommended vaccinations given at 2, 4 and 6 months. ...Read more

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How many doses of rotavirus should be given to a baby?

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How many doses of rotavirus should be given to a baby?

3 doses: Infant typically gets rotavirus vaccine at 2, 4, and 6 months of age. ...Read more

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Should you give anti-diarrhea medicine to an adult with rotavirus?

You may: Give antidiarheal medicine carefully and in moderation. In addition you should limit yourself to clear fluids for 24 hours then constipating foods like bananas, rice, apples. If the diarrhea is not resolved in 2-3 days seek medical attention. ...Read more

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What if your baby spits up all the rotavirus vaccine?

What if your baby spits up all the rotavirus vaccine?

Do not repeat it: Unfortunately, as it is impossible to know just how much of the vaccine a baby has had, it is advisable not to repeat giving it orally to the baby so as to avoid giving too much of the vaccination. Though the vaccine may generate less immunity when only some of it is given, there may still be some benefit to the dosage that he or she has kept down. ...Read more

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