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Reduce your child's Rotavirus risk

All children can be expected to be infected by Rotavirus by the time they are 5 years old. In fact, Rotavirus is responsible for up to 38% of children who are hospitalized for severe diarrhea and dehydration. Here is how you can reduce your child's risk:

  • Breastfeed your baby.
  • Be extra careful when preparing food at home.
  • Ensure all food is reheated properly before eating.
  • Never store cooked food in fridge for more than two days.
  • Encourage every family member including the maid or helper, to practice good hygiene at home.
  • Sterilize all feeding equipment by washing them in very hot water.

The above steps can reduce the risk of a Rotavirus infection but they cannot guarantee full protection. The only way is to vaccinate your child against the infection in early infancy. The Rotavirus vaccine is given orally and is designed to stimulate immunity from and early age so that your childs' first enounter with Rotavirus will only be mild infection or one without symptoms.

Do ask your child's doctor for more information.



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