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Health Tip: Treating Rotavirus at Home

Health Tip: Treating Rotavirus at Home

08/27/10

(HealthDay News) -- By the time they reach age 5, nearly all children will have had a rotavirus infection. If severe enough, the infection can lead to severe diarrhea and dehydration.

The Nemours Foundation suggests ways to treat rotavirus infection at home:

  • Contact your pediatrician at the first signs of illness, especially if your child shows signs of dehydration.
  • Get instructions from the pediatrician on which foods and drink to give your child.
  • Offer plenty of fluids, but not fruit juice or soda, which may worsen diarrhea.
  • If you are breastfeeding, continue to do so throughout the course of the illness.
  • Children who are mildly-to-moderately dehydrated may need small, frequent servings of beverages designed to replenish bodily fluids.
  • Don't give your child over-the-counter medications for vomiting or diarrhea, unless recommended by the pediatrician.
  • If your child is vomiting, feed small, frequent meals throughout the day.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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