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.

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What is rotavirus?

Viral GI infection. Rotavirus is the leading cause of infectious diarrhea in infants and children worldwide. Symptoms include watery diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever and vomiting. The main risks to the child are dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. Consult your baby's doctor about how to maintain your baby's hydration and what to feed him/her. Two vaccines are now available to prevent rotavirus infection. Read more...
A diarrhea virus. Rotavirus is a virus that causes diarrhea, and is contagious. It is one of the most common causes of children's diarrhea, but luckily, there is a vaccine now to protect against it. Babies and children who have gotten the vaccine should either not get the diarrhea or just get a milder case of it, when they catch the rotavirus. Read more...

What are "rotavirus", "norwalk virus", and "adenovirus"?

Just that. These are different viruses which are all capable of producing human infection. These have in common the capacity to produce gastroenteritis and can be spread rapidly from person to person. Read more...

What exactly is rotavirus?

A virus-affects kids. Rotavirus is one type of many viruses that can affect humans. Viruses are classified by what type of genetic material they have and how they are organized. The reoviridae, the family rotavirus belongs, have double-stranded RNA as their genetic material, enclosed in a 'capsid'. Rotavirus is an important cause of infectious diarrhea in infants and young children. There is currently a vaccine. Read more...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

My son is 5yrs and has diarrhea for the past 6 days, his pediatrician said he has rotavirus what can I get him to eat or drink. Please help?

The best things to. eat are bland foods, what we call the BRAT diet (bananas, rice, apples, tea, toast). For fluids, Pedialyte liquid or pops or gatorade. If he is not vomiting, and won't eat the foods I mentioned, he can have any foods besides dairy, spicy, or fried foods. He may have more loose stools with any food that he eats, but will get better faster if he does eat more. Read more...
Avoid sugars found. in fruit juice (esp apple juice) and regular milk, but if he likes milk, give him Lactose reduced milk, such as Lactaid. give water or electrolyte solutions such as Gatorade or Pediatlyte or diluted soda Complex carbs found in breads and pasta are usually well tolerated as well as lean meats, hence the "chicken noodle soup" recommendation. Probiotics sometimes help. If not urinating, see doc. Read more...