Once your doctor analyzes your symptoms or your baby’s symptoms, he or she will perform a physical examination and request a stool test to confirm the diagnosis. If it is positive, it is essential to maintain as little contact as possible with the infected person.
Being a viral disease there is no cure or specific therapy, the most important thing is to avoid dehydration while the virus completes its life cycle (approximately seven days). Your doctor will usually prescribe oral rehydration fluids to replenish lost minerals more effectively than plain water.
Rotavirus can be treated at home, but if dehydration is severe, intravenous fluids may be needed in the hospital.
Babies usually do not tolerate liquids, so it is necessary to take them to the hospital for rehydration.
The best way to prevent rotavirus is to:
- Get the vaccine, which is given orally, after six weeks of age.
- Proper hand hygiene greatly reduces the possibility of contracting the disease.
- Constantly disinfect toys, surfaces, and utensils.
In ABC Medical Center’s Internal Medicine Department, we offer health care services with the highest quality and safety, from the prevention, diagnosis, timely treatment, and monitoring of infectious, respiratory, endocrinological, dermatological, rheumatic, nephrological, gastrointestinal, and hematological pathologies of both chronic-degenerative diseases and acute conditions, through a comprehensive and multidisciplinary model.