Is your child complaining of abdominal pain of late? Does he seem to drink less fluid recently? If you nodded along, then your child might be suffering from a Rotavirus infection. Read our post here to learn all about the rotavirus infection in children, its causes, symptoms and treatment.
What Is Rotavirus?
Rotavirus causes gastroenteritis in children. It is a common digestive infection that affects children. The Rotavirus is a genus of double-stranded RNA virus. There are eight species of the virus, A, B, C…H, with Rotavirus A causing most infections in humans. It is a highly contagious virus, and it transmits via stool or by hand-to-mouth contact with an infected person.
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Causes Of Rotavirus In Children:
The rotavirus infection is contagious and can occur or spread through the following ways:
- Person-to-person contact.
- Through contaminated food and water.
- Gastroenteritis by rotavirus occurs when your child comes in contact with the fecal matter and vomit of an infected person.
Rotavirus is present in the stools of an infected person, days before the actual symptoms start to appear. Also, the virus is visible in body waste for about ten days after the infection subsides. Moreover, the viral infection is recurrent. If your child had already suffered from a rotavirus infection a couple of months back, chances are, he could contract it again. However, it won’t be as severe as last time, as he develops immunity.
[ Read: Symptoms Of Gastroenteritis In Children ]
Symptoms Of Rotavirus In Children:
Though, the symptoms of a rotavirus infection are mild, but they can become life threatening if left untreated. Some of the rotavirus symptoms in children include.
- Mucus or blood stools
- Abdominal pain
- Dry mouth
- Less or no urination
[ Read: Treating Diarrhea In Children ]
Treatment For Rotavirus In Children:
You can treat the infection at home, by ensuring that your little one has enough fluids. However, if his condition doesn’t seem to get any better, consult your doctor immediately. Unfortunately, there is no particular treatment for the infection, but your doctor will give intravenous fluid replacement in severe cases of vomiting and diarrhoea. In other cases, oral rehydration solutions work best to cure dehydration.
Preventing Rotavirus In Kids:
You can take the following preventive measures to prevent you a kid from catching the infection.
- Ensure that your kid washes his hands before and after having food.
- Encourage him to wash his hands after using the toilet (This is highly important if your kid is outside and has used a public urinal or toilet).
- Do not let him come in contact with an infected child.
- Discourage him to share his clothes and toys with an infected buddy.
- You should also vaccinate your child against the virus.
[ Read: Bacterial Infections In Children ]
Who Are At A High Risk?
Though anybody can catch the infection, but there are some kids who are more prone to the disease. Following are the ones who have a higher risk of developing the rotavirus infection:
- Children who have a weak immune system.
- Kids who have undergone an organ transplant.
- If your kid is suffering from short gut syndrome that is also a gastrointestinal problem, then he is at a higher risk of rotavirus infection.
As long as you take all the requisite precautions, you can protect your little one from a rotavirus infection.
Has your child suffered from an attack of Rotavirus? How did you deal with it? Did you visit the doctor or did you treat your little angel at home? Share your story with other parents and drop a comment below. Fellow moms would love to hear from you.
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