Rotavirus Infection Symptoms in Baby

What is Rotavirus?


Rotavirus is a type of virus that infects the intestines. This virus is also a common cause of diarrheal diseases in infants and children around the world. Most children aged up to 5 years have been infected with rotavirus. This condition is particularly prevalent in developing countries with low levels of nutrition and health care.

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Before the vaccine was discovered in 2006, rotavirus has caused half a million child mortality rates each year. Be aware of rotavirus outbreaks in infants and children aged 4-24 months by administering vaccines as a preventive measure.

The symptoms of Rotavirus Infection

Fever and vomiting are early signs of rotavirus infection. Then followed by diarrhea for 3-7 days. Symptoms that appear in healthy adults tend to be mild or nonexistent. Infection can also cause pain in the abdominal area. Beware of symptoms of dehydration due to rotavirus infection that can be:
  • Always feel excessive thirst
  • the child's bottom becomes reddish and also his Stool smells sour
  • Feeling tired / weak
  • No urination for 12 hours or more
  • Dry / cold skin
  • The eyes become sunken
  • Dry mouth and eyes (crying without tears)

Usually Rotavirus infection can heal by itself, generally within a period of 7 days. "What's important is enough fluid to avoid dehydration, Rotavirus does not require antibiotics.

If the baby vomits, replace the missing fluid, but give it a little by little. Keep giving breastmilk or food because nutrients are needed to repair the intestinal epithelium that is damaged by the virus

You should contact your doctor or take your children to a doctor immediately if your child has signs and symptoms such as:
  • The worsening of diarrhea or bloody diarrhea;
  • Vomiting continuously for more than three hours;
  • Fever over 39 degrees C;
  • Fatigue, discomfort or pain;
  • There are signs or symptoms of dehydration such as dry mouth, little or no urination at all, and unusual drowsiness.

If you have any signs or symptoms of the above or any other questions, consult your physician. Each body is different. Always consult a doctor to deal with your health condition.

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