When should I call the doctor about my child’s rotavirus?


Call your child’s doctor right away if your child has one or more of the following:

  • He does not smile or play for even a few minutes every 4 hours.
  • If your child has problems keeping any fluids down, or vomits more
          than 8 times in less than 8 hours.

         − For babies less than 6 months old – if his vomiting is not better in 
             12 hours.

         − For babies over 6 months old and children – if his vomiting is not
             better in 24 hours.

  • His vomit becomes green.
  • His vomit has blood in it or looks like “coffee grounds”.
  • You see blood or mucus in his stool (bowel movement).
  • Stomach pain that continues between vomiting or diarrhea episodes.
  • He has right-sided stomach pain.
  • You see signs of dehydration (drying out):

         − No urine in six hours in a baby younger than 12 months old

         − No urine in more than eight hours in a child older than 12 months

         − No tears when crying

         − Sunken eyes

         − Dry lips and mouth

  • Regular pain or crying that reoccurs with or without vomiting.
  • He seems to be breathing hard or fast even after the fever has been
          treated with medicine.
  • He becomes weak, sluggish or looks or acts sick.
  • He is not eating his regular diet without fatty or spicy foods in 48 hours.

Also call your child’s doctor if you have questions or concerns about how your child looks or feels.

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