Rotavirus, Pediatric

ExitCare Image A rotavirus is a virus that can cause stomach and bowel problems. The infection can be very serious in infants and young children. There is no drug to treat this problem. Infants and young children get better when fluid is replaced. Oral rehydration solutions (ORS) will help replace body fluid loss.

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Replace fluid losses from watery poop (diarrhea) and throwing up (vomiting) with ORS or clear fluids. Have your child drink enough water and fluids to keep their pee (urine) clear or pale yellow.

  • Treating infants.

  • ORS will not provide enough calories for small infants. Keep giving them formula or breast milk. When an infant throws up or has watery poop, a guideline is to give 2 to 4 ounces of ORS for each episode in addition to trying some regular formula or breast milk feedings.

  • Treating young children.

  • When a young child throws up or has watery poop, 4 to 8 ounces of ORS can be given. If the child will not drink ORS, try sport drinks or sodas. Do not give your child fruit juices. Children should still try to eat foods that are right for their age.

  • Vaccination.

  • Ask your doctor about vaccinating your infant.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • Your child pees less.

  • Your child develops dry skin or their mouth, tongue, or lips are dry.

  • There is decreased tears or sunken eyes.

  • Your child is getting more fussy or floppy.

  • Your child looks pale or has poor color.

  • There is blood in your child's throw up or poop.

  • A bigger or very tender belly (abdomen) develops.

  • Your child throws up over and over again or has severe watery poop.

  • Your child has an oral temperature above 102° F (38.9° C), not controlled by medicine.

  • Your child is older than 3 months with a rectal temperature of 102° F (38.9° C) or higher.

  • Your child is 3 months old or younger with a rectal temperature of 100.4° F (38° C) or higher.

Do not delay in getting help if the above conditions occur. Delay may result in serious injury or even death.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch this condition.

  • Will get help right away if you or your child is not doing well or gets worse