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.

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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.

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.

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.
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.

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.
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.

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.

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.
Yes. Rotavirus causes diarrhea in young children, which may lead to dehydration. Speak to your doctor about prevention and treatment options.

Is a rotavirus infection dangerous for the elderly?

Sometimes. Rotavirus is a cause of gastroenteritis, (stomach flu). It can produce protracted diarrhea that may cause severe dehydration if not treated this can even cause life threatening problems, like kidney failure. In most cases with proper and simple treatment, especially fluids this can be avoided. People most at risk would be the especially frail, such as nursing home residents.
It can be. But rotavirus is seen mostly in the young as many people are immune to the different rotaviruses by adulthood.

Are the home-remedies to combat a rotavirus infection?

Just fluids. Rotavirus infection will resolve on its own. The home treatment is to avoid getting dehydrated. This would mean drinking fluids (in some very serious cases it means getting fluids intravenously in the hospital.) for children there are over the counter liquid drinks that help replete important electrolytes (salts) the body needs like "pedialyte".
Fluids. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids, especially with electrolytes.