What should I do if my baby has rotavirus and I breastfeed?

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If your baby has vomited only once or twice:

  • Continue breast-feeding.
  • Limit total nursing time or nurse on only one breast each feeding.
  • After 4 hours without vomiting, nurse as usual.

If vomiting occurs three or more times:

  • Pump your breasts over the next 24 hours and give your baby
          controlled amounts of fluids.
  • Or, put your baby on clear fluids as directed above.
  • After 4 hours without vomiting, return to your regular nursing schedule.

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Viral Infections

Viral Infections

Viral infections like herpes simplex, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), chicken pox and rotavirus are infections caused by a virus instead of a bacterium. Viral infections do not respond to antibiotics, but some specific viruses ...

like influenza A and B can be treated with certain antiviral medications. Most commonly, treatment for viral infections includes drinking lots of fluids, getting rest, eating well and letting the illness run its course.
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