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.

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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...

Where am I or my child likely to contract a rotavirus infection?

From anyone. Rotavirus is a highly contagious disease. Can be spread anywhere, but more often in crowded situations, such as day cares and schools. Good handwashing and staying away from the sick are the only effective measures. Antibiotics do not work here. Read more...
Yes. Rotavirus causes diarrhea in young children, which may lead to dehydration. Speak to your doctor about prevention and treatment options. Read more...

I have diabetes, can a rotavirus infection cause complications?

Yes. Any infection can cause uncontrolled sugar swings. If you use a glucometer to check your sugars, you might want to be extra vigilant when you are ill. Also, be wary of dehydration with rotavirus, which can be compounded if your diabetes was not under control (a high blood sugar will cause you to urinate more). Good luck and have a low threshold for getting checked out by your physician! Read more...
Depends. Sorry for no direct answer , but this depends on severity and duration of viral symptoms, how well your diabetes is controlled, what medications you are taking for diabetes (especially insulin). Certainly the potential for complications exist. If symptoms are violent dicuss eith your doc. 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...

Does rotavirus infection usually cause many symptoms?

Yes many. Rotavirus is the most common cause of severe diarrhea among infants and young children vomiting, watery diarrhea, and low-grade fever. Symptoms often start with vomiting followed by four to eight days of profuse diarrhea. Dehydration is more common in rotavirus infection than in most of those caused by bacterial pathogens, and is the most common cause of death related to rotavirus infection. Read more...
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...

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...
Depends. Depends. Sometimes it is over in 24 hours other times the loose stools may last over a week. Key thing is to stay hydrated with fluids. Follow up with your dr. If decrease wet diapers or urination (<3 per day), or lethargy. A vaccine is now out for rotovirus. It is given between the ages of 2mo to 6mo, and helps prevent the illness. Read more...