Rotavirus and your child

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This is an article from our “Doctor’s Corner” series, brought to you by Samitivej Hospital. Make sure to read the entire series!

What is rotavirus?

Rotavirus is a virus that infects the bowels. It is the most common cause of severe diarrhea among infants and children throughout the world.

How is rotavirus infection spread?

Rotavirus spreads very easily. The virus is transmitted by hand-to-mouth contact with stool from an infected person. The virus can also be transmitted by merely touching a surface or object that has been contaminated by an infected person. The virus then enters the body through contact with the mouth. Children can spread rotavirus both before and up to 21 days after they develop symptoms.

Looking for a doctor for your rotavirus and child allergy questions? We recommend:
Varatda PlainetrVaratda Plainetr, M.D. Pediatrics – Pediatric Allergist, Samitivej Hospital
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What are rotavirus symptoms?

Symptoms of the disease include:

  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Watery diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain may also occur

Rotavirus infection can be associated with severe dehydration in infants and children. Severe dehydration can lead to death in rare cases, so it is important to recognize and treat this complication of rotavirus infection. Other signs and symptoms of dehydration may include:

  • Lethargy
  • Cool skin
  • Absence of tears when crying
  • Dry mouth
  • Sunken eyes or sunken fontanelle (the soft spot on the head of infants)
  • Extreme thirst.

How can rotavirus infection be prevented?

Studies have shown that the live oral vaccine is safe and effective in children. And the vaccine prevents about 95.8% of hospitalization due to rotavirus. Rotavirus vaccine is available orally for infants between 2-6 months of age.
For more information on prevention and vaccination of rotavirus, please consult your pediatrician or contact us at the number below.

Samitivej, We Care

Varatda Plainetr, M.D.
Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric (Allergy)
Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital

For further information, please contact:

Child Health Institute
Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital
2nd Floor, Building 2
Tel: 66 (0) 2711-8236-7
Call Center: 66 (0) 2711-8181

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