Dr. Betti Hertzberg Ressler is a Board Certified Pediatrician on staff at Miami Children's Hospital. Dr. Hertzberg developed the toilet training video "Let's Go Potty." She is the co-author of "The Doctor's Book of Home Remedies for Children."
Question: My 3 and a half month old daughter has had vomiting and diarrhea for the past 6 days with a fever for one of those days. My family doctor said that it is probably the Rota Virus and there is nothing that can be done except wait it out. She is taking a bottle fine but I wonder if it could be something else. Should I take her to see someone else?
Rotovirus infection is usually self-limiting and not treated with antibiotics
because of it's cause.......a virus. The course of this illness is for the
most part, short lived. Dehydration is of concern, especially in a young
The most important treatment is fluid replacement. If there is persistent
vomiting and oral fluids are not possible, sometimes it is necessary to
replace these fluids by the intravenous route. This usually means
hospitalization. If managed at home, make sure that a proper fluid
replacement is used, such as Pedialyte... NOT GATORADE, POWERADE OR APPLE
JUICE, WATER, ETC.
If Rotovirus was diagnosed by the laboratory, keep in close contact with the
baby's pediatrician to make sure that your baby is responding to treatment.
Good urine output is a fairly good indicator that your baby is maintaining
fluids. Other signs to look for are activity and skin color and elasticity.
Your baby is young. If you have any questions at all or your baby just
doesn't look right, please call her pediatrician! Because of her size and
weight, care must be taken so as to prevent any complications.