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Rotavirus Infection

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Rotavirus Infection

Rotavirus is a common contagious virus that leads todiarrhoea in infants and children which can even become fatal. This infection can be primarily managed at home with rehydration. Dehydration is the most serious complication of rotavirus and leading cause of childhood deaths. Maintaining good hygieneis an important thing to prevent rotavirus infection. In Ayurveda, the symptoms of rotavirus infection can be related to Atisara. Dr. Gupta’s IAFA is an eminent institution in the management of various allergies and infections in children. Ayurpediatrics is a separate department in IAFA, designed for child health and welfare. 

Causes of Rotavirus Infection

Rotavirus will be present in the stool of an infected person several days before onset of symptoms and for about 10 days after symptoms recede. The virus can spread easily through hand-to-mouth contact throughout this time. If proper hand hygiene is not maintained after using the toilet, the virus can spread to anything that gets touched, including food, toys and utensils. The virus remains infectious on surfaces for weeks or longer until the area gets disinfected. As there are many types of rotavirus, one can get infected many times.

Ayurvedic reference of Rotavirus Infection

Symptoms of Rotavirus Infection

Symptoms of rotavirus infection generally start within two days of exposure to the virus. Initial symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Watery diarrhea that lasts for 3-8 days
  • Abdominal pain

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Diet in Rotavirus Infection

Do’s (Pathya) in Rotavirus Infection

  • Whole-grain breads
  • Yogurt
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Intake of fiber containing fruits and vegetables
  • Light and easily digestible food
  • Intake of lesser quantity of food
  • Frequent intake of lukewarm water
  • Maintain good hygiene to prevent infection
  • Washhands especially after the use of toilet
  • Hygienic breast feeding

Don’ts (Apathya) in Rotavirus Infection

  • Soda
  • Dairy products other than yogurt
  • Sugaryfoods
  • Caffeine
  • Excess food intake
  • Improperly cooked food
  • Intake of food before digesting previous meal
  • Cold water
  • Fried and bakery food
  • Bottled soft drinks and artificial juices
  • Intake of unfamiliar food items 
  • Sleeplessness
  • Mental stress in children
  • Playing in contaminated water

Yoga and Pranayama in Rotavirus Infection

Practice of Yoga helps to strengthen abdominal muscles. Regular practice of following Yoga postures will be helpful to empower the digestive system

  • Parighasana
  • Ananda Balasana
  • Malasana
  • Bhujangasana
  • Ardhamatsyendrasana
  • Jataraparivrithi

Pranayama helps to bring the movement of Vatadosha under control. It helps in maintaining normal bowel movements. 

Ayurvedic Treatment of Rotavirus Infection

Ayurveda has detailed protocol for the management of Rotavirus Infection in children. It includes internal medicines, treatment procedures and judicious use of single herbs.

Internal Medicines for Rotavirus Infection

  • KaidaryadiKwatha
  • Mustakaranjadikwatha
  • Rajanyadichoorna
  • Ashtachurna
  • Kutajarishta

  • Ahiphenasava
  • Kutajavaleha
  • Ardrakarasayana
  • Vilwadilehya
  • Chitrakadigulika

Treatment Procedures for Rotavirus Infection

  • Sirolepa (Application of medicinal paste on head)
  • Sirodhara (Pouring medicated water on head)
  • Sirovasti (Retention of medicated oil on head)

Single Herbs in the Management of Rotavirus Infection

  • Ardraka (Zingiberofficinale)
  • Haridra (Curcuma longa)
  • Jeeraka (Cuminumcyminum)
  • Pippali (Piper longum)
  • Patha (Cissampelospareira)

  • Kutaja (Holarrhenaantidysentrica)
  • Aswagandha (Withaniasomnifera)
  • Musta (Cyperusrotundus)
  • Ahiphena (Papaver sominiferum)

Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How is rotavirus infection caused?

Answer: Rotavirus infection is caused by the spread of this virus from an infected person mainly due to lack of hand hygiene.

Question: What are the symptoms of rotavirus infection?

Answer: The primary symptoms of rotavirus infection include fever, vomiting, watery stools, abdominal cramps etc.

Question: Is Ayurvedic treatment effective in rotavirus infection?

Answer: Yes. Ayurveda offers effective treatment for rotavirus infection through various medicines that replenish lost body water content, purifies digestive tract and strengthens body tissues.

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