When can my child return to school after having rotavirus?

A child can continue to spread rotavirus for three days after recovering from the illness. Therefore, it is best to remain home until the diarrhea has completely gone away. Keep your child at home for two to three additional days if personal hygiene is in question.

Your child can return to day care or school when all of these occur:

  • Fever is gone for 24 hours after medicines used to treat fever are
  • The stool is formed enough to be contained in the diaper
  • Vomiting has stopped

Make sure all of your child’s caregivers know that he has had rotavirus. Remind all caregivers to wash hands often, especially after diaper changes.

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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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