Numerous illnesses can result in diarrhea. Therefore, while rotavirus is frequently diagnosed through symptoms and physical examination, a stool sample analysis may be employed to validate the diagnosis.


There is no specific treatment for rotavirus infection, and antibiotics or antivirals are ineffective against it. Typically, the infection resolves naturally within three to seven days.

The primary concern is preventing dehydration. It’s essential to consume plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration during the infection. If a child experiences severe diarrhea, it’s advisable to consult a doctor about administering an oral rehydration solution, especially if the diarrhea persists beyond a few days.

For children, rehydration fluids are preferable as they can replenish lost minerals more effectively than water or other beverages. In severe cases of dehydration, intravenous fluids may be necessary in a hospital setting. Anti-diarrheal medications are not recommended for treating rotavirus infections.