DIETARY MANAGEMENT DURING DIARRHEA AND VOMITING
Rotavirus infections are very common, especially in children under two years old, with watery diarrhea being the most common symptom. Other symptoms include vomiting and fever. Diarrhea may be severe, leading to dehydration.
Diarrhea usually lasts about 3-7 days in most children with rotavirus infection, but some episodes may last as long as two weeks. Although there is no there is no cure or medication for rotavirus infections, treatment with extra fluids is recommended and can prevent dehydration. The main problem from having diarrhea with or without vomiting is that it can lead your child to getting dehydrated. The first sign of dehydration is that your child will urinate less frequently (your child should be urinating every six to eight hours). Other signs include a dry mouth, sunken eyes and decreased activity or increased irritability.
The fluids given need to replace the salts and water lost in the stools and provide a little sugar for energy. Oral rehydration solutions containing these substances as electrolyte or homemade oral rehydration solution can be given.
Some homemade oral dehydration solutions:
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