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Rotovirus

Rotovirus is the most common cause of diarrhea among young children.
 
Rotovirus is a common viral infection that works by attacking the lining of the small intestine, causing loss of fluids & electrolytes. It is very easily spread thru oral contact and fecal material. The rotovirus is very common among child care environments.
 
Currently there is no medication to treat the virus so we must treat the symptoms. Symptoms besides diarrhea include: low grade fever, vomiting & nausea. The symptoms last about 3 to 10 days but consider your child contagious for 10-12 days after the diarrhea starts.
 
Children with the rotovirus should get plenty of rest and use an electrolyte replacement solution such as pedialyte.
 
The biggest danger is dehydration. Signs of severe dehydration include sunken eyes, dry mouth and tongue & irritability. Less frequent bathroom trips & dry diapers for more than a couple of hours are also signs to watch for. If you see any of these signs it is very important to contact your child's doctor.
 
To help prevent the spread of the rotovirus be sure to wash your hands often & sanitize the surface used for diapering.

 

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