- Your child touches contaminated objects or surfaces and then puts their fingers in their mouth.
- A child eats contaminated food.
- Your child’s hands are contaminated with poop and they put them in their mouth.
This harmful virus spreads easily in babies and young children. Therefore, ensure you, your family members and caregivers take care of the child properly and prevent him/her from coming in contact with any things that may lead to the condition.
Rotavirus is a virus that spreads easily and causes gastroenteritis – inflammation of intestines and stomach.
Compared to adults, infants and young kids are at higher risk of getting infected by this virus. If juniors experience severe dehydration, they might need to be hospitalised for a few days. Ensure you do not ignore the treatment of rotavirus as the virus can cause early death.
Ensure you protect your child from this virus. Get rotavirus vaccination as and when designated.
Although this virus can affect people at any age, people who are at risk of this infection are:
- Senior people
- People with a weak immune system
Ensure you visit the doctor’s clinic if there is no change in your child’s condition. Your doctor or a pediatrician will perform a physical examination and recommend a stool test to detect rotavirus.
Enzyme immunoassay can detect the virus during the stool analysis.
According to the test results, your doctor or pediatrician will suggest suitable treatment or home remedies.
There are no specific treatments or medicines that can treat rotavirus at once. However, you can treat the major symptoms of this virus – diarrhea and dehydration. Follow these few tips to treat dehydration and diarrhea:
- Increase consumption of fluids with electrolytes (especially important for children)
- Eat bland foods, such as white toast and saltines
- Eat broth-based soups
- Avoid sugary or fatty foods as these can make diarrhea worse
- Drink plenty of water and fluids
Ensure you visit the doctor’s clinic immediately if your child experiences:
- Fever of 104°F (40°C) or higher
- Constant vomiting
- Inability to keep fluids in the body
- Severe diarrhea
Encourage your child to rest as much as he/she can, if your child is not well. Feed bland foods that do not contain added sugar like vegetables, yoghurt, whole-grain bread, fruits, or lean meat.
Ensure your child intakes plenty of water and fluid. Prevent them from consuming cold drinks, apple juice, soda and dairy products except for yogurt. Food that contains excess sugar can make diarrhea worse.
You can use these home remedies to treat dehydration and diarrhea caused by rotavirus. But please remember not to give juice to babies under a year old and to consult your child’s pediatrician before trying any home remedies or medication.
- Buttermilk: Buttermilk is a healthy remedy to fight dehydration. Buttermilk is a rich source of potassium and magnesium that rehydrates the body.
- Coconutwater: Coconut water is another beneficial remedy for dehydration and diarrhea. It is a rich source of potassium and sodium that helps compensate for the loss.
- Cranberryjuice: Cranberry juices have water content and also contains natural sugar and salt that helps dehydration. This juice is also a rich source of antioxidants that helps to fight rotavirus.
- Orangejuice: Orange juice not only replenishes the lost electrolytes but also provides rich potassium and magnesium.
- Barleywater: Barley water is loaded with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins that restore the nutrients in the body. Barley water can work wonders in treating dehydration in elderly people.
These home remedies can work wonders to treat severe water loss and chronic loose motions. Use them at least more than twice a day to treat such conditions. Do not forget to seek the advice of your child’s pediatrician before giving any home remedies or medication to your child.