Viral Gastroenteritis Rotavirus Treatment
- Intravenous fluids:
- Clear liquid diet
- Oral rehydration therapy for older children and adults:
- Drink clear liquids only, such as water, sports drinks (best), fruit juice and dilute tea.
- Drink small quantities of fluids frequently, such as 2 tablespoons of fluid every 5 minutes.
- The absence of food allows the intestines to rest.
- May be able to advance to full liquid diet once symptoms improve
- Effective to treat mild to moderate dehydration
- Children should receive oral rehydration therapy with an appropriate oral fluid:
- Medications for nausea and vomiting:
- Medications for diarrhea:
- Rotavirus vaccine:
- Rotavirus vaccine (RotaTeq, Rotarix)
Viral Gastroenteritis Rotavirus Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of rotavirus.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- Am I contagious?
- For how long?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How do I avoid passing the infection to others?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work or school?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having rotavirus again?
- Will I need to see my doctor for a checkup?
Viral Gastroenteritis Rotavirus Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat rotavirus:
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