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 norovirus.
Symptoms of norovirus and rotavirus are:
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 age.
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.
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 objects.
Call your health care provider if your child:
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5 Years Old, fifth edition. To avoid awkward sentences, instead of referring to your child as "he/she" or "him/her," this guide will alternate between "he" or she" and "him" or "her."
Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic