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Symptoms of rotavirus infection in children and methods of prevention


 Rotavirus is a common rotavirus in children. Almost all children become infected with this virus by the age of 3, and infection occurs most commonly from November to March. Rotavirus infection was called “winter vomiting disease,” according to healthychildren.


Rotavirus signs and symptoms

In most cases, viral gastrointestinal diseases are not dangerous, but children can feel sick.



Children infected with rotavirus have:

watery diarrhea


vomiting


Fever


Stomach ache


These symptoms begin 1 to 2 days after exposure to the virus and usually last for 3 to 8 days. In severe cases, children may become dehydrated. Prolonged or severe diarrhea, especially when accompanied by vomiting, can lead to dehydration.


Signs of dehydration include:

increased thirst


less urine


dry mouth


less tears


Weight loss


See signs of dehydration in infants and children


As the dehydration becomes more severe, your baby will become cranky and irritable, his eyes will look sunken, and he may have a faster heart rate and breathing.


What parents can do to prevent rotavirus

The rotavirus vaccine is one of the recommended vaccinations for children. It is recommended that your child receive the rotavirus vaccine at the appropriate ages:


First dose: 2 months of age


Second dose: 4 months of age


Third dose: 6 months of age (if needed).


If your child has rotavirus


These viral illnesses resolve on their own over time and without any specific treatment. Make your child as comfortable as possible and take steps to prevent dehydration. Encourage him to rest, drink more fluids and continue to eat a regular diet.


Severe cases:

If your child is vomiting, continue to offer fluids but give him small amounts and more frequent meals.


Be careful with apple juice because too much apple juice is a common cause of diarrhea, even in healthy children.


Antibacterial use is inappropriate and may make diarrhea worse. Older children may benefit from antidiarrheal medication, but only on the advice of your pediatrician.

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