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- Infants and young children
- Children who attend daycare or any public childcare setting
- Adults who care for young children, especially children who wear diapers
- Children or adults with household members who have the virus
- Watery diarrhea
- Abdominal pain
- Rehydration fluids—such as an oral rehydration solution for children
- IV fluids—if dehydration is severe
- Wash your hands often.
- If someone in your house has rotavirus, encourage everyone to wash their hands more often.
Always wash your hands:
- After using the toilet
- After changing a baby's diaper or helping a child use the toilet
- Before handling or preparing food
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov
US Food and Drug Administration http://www.fda.gov
About Kids Health—The Hospital for Sick Children http://www.aboutkidshealth.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
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- Reviewer: Kari Kassir, MD
- Review Date: 12/2014 -
- Update Date: 12/20/2014 -
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