Health Tip: Treating Rotavirus at Home08/27/10
(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
- 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
- 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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