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?
The signs and symptoms of the patient and a physical examination can help a paediatrician make a diagnosis of this disease. An analysis of a stool sample of the patient can help to confirm this diagnosis.
HOW IS ROTAVIRUS TREATED?
There is no specific treatment for Rotavirus. Antibiotics or antiviral medication will not help in curing the infection. Pediatricians ensure that the child does not end up in dehydration. They advise intake of plenty of fluids and rest to prevent dehydration. Rehydration fluids are commonly prescribed to prevent dehydration. Anti-diarrheal medications are not prescribed for treating a rotavirus infection. The infection usually resolves within a week
DID YOU KNOW?
There is a vaccination available for rotavirus that helps in minimising the risks of the same.