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Rotavirus is a common stomach virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea. Children with weak immune systems are at high risk of rotavirus infection, and it can be dangerous for them. This is especially true for children who have had a stem cell transplant.
Rotavirus lives in the feces of infected people. People catch it by touching something with the germ on it and then touching their mouth. Rotavirus may be found on:
Rotavirus spreads easily among babies and young children. It takes about 2 days to get sick after the virus enters the body. Children can spread it before and after they show symptoms.
Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is the best way to stop the spread of rotavirus. Hand sanitizer is less likely to kill it.
Wash your hands with soap and water:
The CDC offers videos and information on handwashing.
Wear gloves to help protect your child and others. If your child has rotavirus, everyone who enters your child’s room must wear gowns and gloves. Wear gloves when you:
Handle food safely. This will help protect your child from rotavirus.
Handle personal items correctly. This will help protect your child and others.
If you have questions about rotavirus, talk to your child’s doctor or nurse. You can also visit Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Rotavirus.
Reviewed: September 2022