Rotavirus symptoms are initially fever, vomiting and intestinal pain. Rotavirus is an infection which causes diarrhea, and it is also one of the most common causes of diarrhea in children and infants worldwide.
Rotavirus can be treated at home with extra fluid so as to prevent dehydration. Dehydration is one of the most serious problems associated with rotavirus and may even lead to deaths in infants and children.
Rotavirus vaccine helps in preventing rotavirus infection in infants, while in adults; frequent hand washing is the best form of prevention.
Just like meningitis and diaper rash, young children can also suffer from rotavirus, which causes diarrhea and dehydration. It is worthy to note that children just as adult also suffer from motion sickness.
Causes Of Rotavirus
Rotavirus can be spread when you do not wash your hands after using the toilet. And when you do not wash your hands after changing the diaper of your baby with rotavirus. The virus starts to spread to anything you touch, and if another person eventually touches your unwashed hands or other infected thingss and touches his or her mouth, the disease continues.
Symptoms of rotavirus include fever, vomiting, followed by watery diarrhea which can last for 3-7 days. Rotavirus can also cause belly pain in the affected person.
When To Visit A Doctor
You should visit your child’s doctor if the following happens:
- If your child experiences frequent episodes of vomiting
- When your child diarrhea that lasts for more than 24 hours
- If the body temperature of your child reaches 104 F (40 C) or even higher
- When your child has black stool or stool containing blood or pus
- If your child is in pain or irritable
- When your child seems lethargic
- If your child shows rotavirus symptoms like dehydration, little or no urination, dry mouth, unusual sleepiness, crying without tears, or if your child is unresponsive.
Visit your doctor if you’re an adult and shows the following rotavirus symptoms:
- When you have diarrhea which last for more than 2 days.
- When you can’t keep fluid down for 24 hours.
- If your body temperature is higher than 103 F (39.4 C).
- If your vomit has blood.
- When you show signs or symptoms of rotavirus such as: dry mouth, dehydration, severe weakness, excess thirst, little or no urination, dizzy spells when standing, and also light-headedness.
Complications Of Rotavirus
Some of the problems of rotavirus include: dehydration, which can be as a result of severe diarrhea, and is often common in young children.
Diagnosis Of Rotavirus
Diagnosis of rotavirus is usually made based on a physical exam of the person and rotavirus symptoms. An analysis of a sample of the stool may be carried out in a lab for confirmation of the diagnosis.
Treatment Of Rotavirus
Treatment of rotavirus with the use of antibiotics and antiviral will not help. One of the biggest problems is in preventing dehydration.
Drinking lots of fluid while the virus runs its course is an important way of preventing dehydration. If your child has severe dehydration that lasts longer than a few days, an oral rehydration fluid like Pedialyte is given to your child by the doctor. This also helps in preventing dehydration and to also replenish any lost mineral.
Anti-diarrheal drugs are not used when treating a rotavirus infection.