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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?
Diagnosis of Rotavirus is done by a paediatrician who observes these symptoms and also does stool and blood tests to check for the virus.
HOW IS ROTAVIRUS TREATED?
Ideally, oral rehydration therapy is provided to such kids immediately. Besides this, for toddlers diet restrictions are imposed and soft foods like rice and potatoes are suggested. Breastfeeding is encouraged because the milk is easily digested. In rare cases, intravenous therapy or nasogastric intubation is needed. Delayed treatment can lead to risks of fatality.
DID YOU KNOW?
It's the most common cause of diarrhea in infants and children worldwide.