One of the most common kinds of diarrheic problems that affects infants and children. The symptoms of this virus are quite similar to that of diarrhoea. These include vomiting, nausea, low grade fever, etc. As the symptoms tend to get more acute, dehydration occurs followed with blood in stool. Besides the, the patient would also have acute stomach pain.
HOW IS ROTAVIRUS DIAGNOSED?
Rotavirus is often diagnosed based on symptoms and a physical exam. A stool sample may be analyzed in a lab to confirm the diagnosis.
HOW IS ROTAVIRUS TREATED?
There's no specific treatment for a rotavirus infection. Antibiotics and antivirals won't help a rotavirus infection. Usually, the infection resolves within three to seven days. Preventing dehydration is the biggest concern. To prevent dehydration while the virus runs its course, drink plenty of fluids. If your child has severe diarrhea, ask your doctor about offering an oral rehydration fluid such as Pedialyte — especially if the diarrhea lasts longer than a few days. For children, a rehydration fluid can replace lost minerals more effectively than can water or other liquids. Severe dehydration may require intravenous fluids in the hospital.
DID YOU KNOW?
It's the most common cause of diarrhea in infants and children worldwide.