A to Z: Rotavirusenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgRotavirus is a highly contagious virus that can cause severe, frequent diarrhea, especially in young kids.rotavirus, rotavirus infection, gastroenteritis, inflammation of the stomach, inflammation of the intestines, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, dehydration, RotaTeq, Rotarix, rota, viruses, vomit08/09/201304/11/201909/02/20193dee321b-92f4-4920-9eea-21f346e6e85chttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-rotavirus.html/<p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/rotavirus.html/">Rotavirus</a> is a highly contagious virus that can cause severe, frequent diarrhea, especially in young kids.&nbsp;Most children who haven't been <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/rotavirus-vaccine.html/">vaccinated</a> will get a rotavirus infection by the time they're 5 years old.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>In the United States, rotavirus infection outbreaks are common during the winter and spring months. Outbreaks are particularly problematic in childcare centers and children's hospitals because the infection&nbsp;spreads so easily.</p> <p>Rotavirus symptoms can last from 3-8 days and include fever, nausea, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vomit.html/">vomiting</a>, abdominal cramps, and frequent, watery <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/diarrhea.html/">diarrhea</a>. A cough and runny nose may also occur. Some rotavirus infections cause few or no symptoms at all, especially in adults.</p> <p>The diarrhea from a rotavirus infection can be so severe that it quickly leads to <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dehydration.html/">dehydration</a>, especially in infants and young children. If dehydration is severe, intravenous (IV) fluids given in the hospital can bring the body's fluid and salt levels back to normal.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Most rotavirus infections can be successfully treated at home by giving a child&nbsp;extra fluids, especially those with water and minerals. Avoid overly sugary beverages (like pure juice or soda) as sugar can make diarrhea worse.</p> <p>Frequent hand washing can prevent rotavirus infections from spreading. A rotavirus vaccine is now included in the lineup of recommended&nbsp;<a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vaccine.html/">routine immunizations</a> given to all infants.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
DehydrationSometimes kids lose fluids and salts through fever, diarrhea, vomiting, or sweating. Here are some tips on preventing or treating dehydration.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dehydration.html/26fa7977-df7d-4ce1-87bd-cfe2b6db096c
DiarrheaMost kids battle diarrhea from time to time, so it's important to know what to do to relieve and even prevent it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/diarrhea.html/38efbf41-ac94-4d02-be5d-365f9b03cc12
First Aid: DehydrationKids can become dehydrated when their bodies lose very large amounts of fluids. It's important to replenish fluid losses as quickly as possible.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dehydration-sheet.html/b957eb2a-c760-487a-b19e-1c63bb20f2d3
First Aid: DiarrheaDiarrhea is common and usually not a sign of something serious. Find out what to do if your child has diarrhea.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/diarrhea-sheet.html/e38697dd-26dd-4dcf-91a7-fdf384030fd5
First Aid: VomitingVomiting can be caused by many things, most commonly gastroenteritis (the "stomach flu"). Here's what to do when your child throws up.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vomiting-sheet.html/a510f112-6183-4c79-9463-b55e0d3ae7d4
RotavirusRotavirus infection affects most kids and is one of the most common causes of diarrhea. A vaccine to prevent it is now recommended for all kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/rotavirus.html/f213231c-41fc-4b8c-9998-4ef4d479d5fa
VomitingMost vomiting is caused by gastroenteritis, and usually isn't serious. These home-care tips can help prevent dehydration.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vomit.html/20a54ee4-1e9e-4822-9631-614f8e08d622
Your Child's Immunizations: Rotavirus VaccineFind out when and why your child needs to get this vaccine.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/rotavirus-vaccine.html/0baf6014-59c7-4feb-b3c1-609f66ec5725