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Virtual Pediatric Hospital: CQQA: Rotavirus

Common Questions, Quick Answers: Pediatrics


Donna D'Alessandro, M.D.
Susan Kinzer, M.P.H.
Peer Review Status: Internally Reviewed
Creation Date: February 2003
Last Revision Date: February 2003

Common Questions, Quick Answers

What is rotavirus?

Who can get it?

What are the signs and symptoms?

Is it contagious?

How is it treated?
Controlling your child's intake of food and liquid can help stop her vomiting and diarrhea.

Most vomiting will stop within about 8-12 hours with the right care. Some doctors recommend using an oral rehydration solution (ORS) as described below. Other doctors recommend taking the following steps:

How long does it last?

Can it be prevented?

When should I call the doctor?
If you have questions or concerns about your child's condition, call the doctor. If your child is very dehydrated, she needs immediate attention.

Call the doctor if…
Go to the emergency room if…

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