Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Anon | 2008/10/07


Re: Death

Hi Doctor

I asked the paediatrician who attend her at the medi clinic where she passed on and he told us that she tested positive for roto virus..can you please tell me more about this deasease?She didnt have a bloody stool it was more watery and everything that she eats will come out.

thank you so much for your help.

Expert's Reply



Rotavirus is a very common cause of rather severe gastro-enteritis in infants.The usual symptoms are severe diarrhoea and vomiting. If too much fluid is lost dehydration and loss of electrolytes occurs which can be life threatening for infants. This is why we now recommend that babies be immunised against Rotavirus infection in early infancy.

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Posted by: anon | 2008/10/08

Hi all

Thank you

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Posted by: concerned | 2008/10/07

Dear Dr
is your child safe if they receive the rotavirus drops

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Posted by: Ang | 2008/10/07

you are in my prayers!

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Posted by: Ang | 2008/10/07

I' ll lend for you a little while, a child of mine, God said,
for you to love while she lives, and mourn for when she' s dead.
It may be six or seven years, or forty two or three,
but will you, till I call her back, take care of her for me?
She' ll bring her charms to gladden you, and should her stay be brief,
you' ll always have her memories as a solace in your grief.
I cannot promise she will stay, since all from earth return,
but there are lessons taught below I want this child to learn.
I' ve looked the whole world over in my search for teachers true,

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Posted by: Ang | 2008/10/07

and from the folk that crowd life' s lane I have chosen you.
Now will you give her all your love and not think the labour vain,
nor hate me when I come to take this lent child back again?
I fancy that I heard them say Dear God, thy will be done.
For all the joys this child will bring the risk of grief we' ll run.
We will shelter her with tenderness, we' ll love her while we may,
and for all the happiness we' ve ever known we' ll ever grateful stay.
But should the angels call her, much sooner than we' d planned,
we will brave the bitter grief that comes and try to understand.

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Posted by: :-( | 2008/10/07

" Rotavirus, a highly-contagious gastroenteritis disease which causes severe diarrhoea and vomiting as well as high fevers and abdominal pain, is killing a child every minute somewhere in the world.

An estimated 2 million children, under the age of five, die from diarrhoea globally each year and rotavirus accounts for almost 40 percent of them.

In South Africa, an estimated six children die from the disease every day. In Durban the mortality from diarrhoea is 14 percent but the exact mortality from the rotavirus is not known.

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