What clear liquids should I give my child with rotavirus?

  • Clear fluids for bottle-fed babies:

       − Give babies less than 12 months old Lytren, Pedialyte, Liquilyte or
           Infalyte or a less costly store brand.

       − Give babies over 12 months old half-strength Gatorade (half water 
           and half Gatorade) to drink if they will not take the Lytren,
           Pedialyte, Liquilyte or Infalyte.

       – Do not use just water for a baby less than 12 months of age unless
           told to do so by your child’s doctor.

       – If your baby takes formula and is taking clear fluids well for 6 to 8
           hours, give him his usual formula -- just start slowly by giving 
           small amounts.

  • Clear fluids for children older than 12 months:

      – Give your child ½ strength sports drinks such as Gatorade half         
          sports drink and half water) OR

      – Give your child ¹/з strength Endurance Gatorade (1 cup Endurance
          Gatorade to 2 cups water).This is the preferred drink for your child.

      – These drinks should not be used as the only food.

      – If your child does not also have diarrhea, you may give him gelatin,            Popsicles and frozen, slushy type drinks.

  •  For all babies and children:

      − Do not give diet drinks, fruit juices, carbonated drinks or water.

      − Avoid red colored drinks that may look like blood in the stool.

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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.

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.