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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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Dr. Krishna Kumar
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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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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?

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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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Imodium (Definition)

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