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Norovirus and rotavirus
Norovirus is the most common cause of severe diarrhea
in young children. Rotavirus is less common with the use
of the vaccine. Because norovirus and rotavirus are both
viruses, they will have to run the course. Antibiotics will
not work for this disease.
The vaccine to prevent
rotavirus is recommended
at ages 2 and 4 months.
There is no vaccine for
Symptoms of norovirus and rotavirus are:
- throwing up
- watery diarrhea
- stomach pain
How to treat norovirus and rotavirus
Your health care provider may suggest you give your
child Pedialyte®.This will help return fluids, and minerals
to your child’s body. Follow the package for your child’s
Give your child small
amounts of solid food
often once he has not
thrown up for eight hours.
If your child is throwing up, give solution in small
amounts (1 to 2 teaspoons every five minutes) until the
throwing up stops. Slowly increase the solution according
to package directions.
How to prevent spreading norovirus and
Norovirus and rotavirus are passed through stools,
poor hand-washing and touching contaminated surfaces.
The virus can "live" for hours on hands and days on