For mothers who work hard to bring up their children, they have to worry about whether their children will be infected with diseases of different seasons throughout the year. At present, it is autumn, and what makes mothers turn pale is autumn diarrhea. The terrifying aspect of this disease is that it focuses on attacking children under the age of 5, with 900000 infants and young children worldwide being killed every year as a result. (Follow the WeChat subscription account: Duo Mama’s Parent-child Time to chat about parent-child parenting)
Autumn diarrhea is rampant, but mothers don’t have to worry too much about it. As long as we do enough homework, we can still prevent babies from contracting this disease.
First of all, let’s popularize science. What is autumn diarrhea
After entering September every year, many babies experience diarrhea, and the third aunt and sixth wife must blame the mother for not wearing socks for the baby and causing it to catch a cold. However, autumn diarrhea is not related to catching a cold, but is caused by infection with the rotavirus. Due to the fact that rotavirus “revives” during the colder seasons of autumn and winter, it often occurs in autumn, causing many babies to fall victim, hence it is also known as “autumn diarrhea”.
How did this terrible virus spread?
▪ Hand to mouth transmission: Rotavirus belongs to the intestinal virus and is mainly transmitted through hand to mouth. If the baby does not wash their hands thoroughly after pulling the baba, or if there is this virus on toys, clothes, or tableware, it is very easy to get infected.
▪ Adult transmission: Adults can also be infected with this virus, but often do not show any symptoms, but it is very easy to transmit the virus to infants and young children. In addition, if the mother does not wash her hands frequently, while hugging the baby, while breastfeeding or feeding the baby, the virus can also attack the baby without notice.
How to prevent babies from contracting rotavirus?
The key to preventing babies from contracting this virus is to improve their body’s resistance and cut off the transmission route of the virus.
1) Get vaccinated in advance.
Before the high incidence season of rotavirus, mothers can take their babies to the hospital to receive live rotavirus vaccines to prevent autumn diarrhea.
2) Top priority: Pay attention to hygiene.
▪ Wash hands frequently and disinfect appropriately. To avoid adults spreading rotavirus to babies, all members of the family should wash their hands regularly, especially before holding the baby and after using the restroom. During the high incidence of the virus, proper disinfection of babies’ toys and tableware can greatly reduce the risk of infection.
▪ Ensure food cleanliness. Take care of the “disease enters through the mouth” barrier. The food that babies eat must be clean and fresh, without being bitten by mosquitoes. Food that adults have eaten should not be given to babies.
▪ Isolate well. If a baby is infected with rotavirus, it is best not to let them play together, avoid sharing toys, and take the baby less to crowded places.
What are the symptoms of being infected with rotavirus?
Babies who accidentally become infected with rotavirus usually exhibit the following symptoms:
1. At the beginning of the disease: The first manifestation is not diarrhea, but symptoms similar to upper respiratory tract infections, such as fever, cough, runny nose, etc. Most babies will also have severe vomiting before diarrhea.
2. Diarrhea situation: defecate 10-20 times a day, with egg white or white water like feces in large quantities and no foul odor.
3. Duration: The course of the disease is usually 3-7 days.
4. Complications or occasional symptoms: accompanied by dehydration and electrolyte disorders, most of which are isotonic dehydration, and a few are hypertonic dehydration. Occasionally, it may be accompanied by meningitis.
What should I do if my baby is infected with autumn diarrhea?
At present, there are no effective drugs against rotavirus. If a baby is infected with autumn diarrhea, the key is to prevent dehydration.
▪ Mild to moderate dehydration: When the baby has dry lips, oliguria, yellow urine, or tears when crying, it is recommended to give the baby oral rehydration salts in small amounts and multiple times. (Oral rehydration salts are prescription drugs that need to be purchased from reputable hospital pharmacies and are recommended by the World Health Organization for the treatment of acute diarrhea and dehydration.)
▪ Severe dehydration: If the baby’s dehydration symptoms worsen, and vomiting is severe and there is no urine, it should be promptly sent to the hospital for infusion and fluid replacement to avoid delaying the condition.
The above mentioned are the general symptoms and coping methods of autumn diarrhea. As mothers, after understanding these relevant contents, we can better understand them. However, in the end, it is still necessary to pass a doctor’s diagnosis and stool test to determine whether the baby has been infected with rotavirus. Autumn diarrhea is a type of acute diarrhea. When a baby experiences acute diarrhea, what should mothers do? What should I pay attention to? Let’s take a look at what pediatrician Cui Yutao said:
1. The baby’s acute diarrhea cannot be caused by a sudden loose bowel movement. There must have been some uncomfortable symptoms before. The manifestation of acute gastroenteritis with diarrhea is gastroenteritis, where the stomach comes first and the intestines come last. Gastroenteritis can cause systemic reactions, but parents may not pay attention to it until they suddenly notice that their stools are loose.
2. We must collect some feces as soon as possible, put them in plastic boxes or bags, and send them to the hospital for examination. The time should not exceed two hours after defecation, which means the faster the better.
3. During diarrhea, feces can irritate the skin of the buttocks and may cause local redness, swelling, and even tears, water seepage, and blood seepage. Hip protection cream can prevent damage to the buttocks skin. But if you don’t wipe it when you have nothing to do and try your best to wipe it when you have something to do, it’s wrong! Hip protection cream should be applied normally. Once there is a problem, these substances should not come into direct contact with the skin of the buttocks or have relatively little contact to prevent hip skin problems.
It is important to pay attention to two aspects: finding the cause of acute diarrhea; In addition, the skin of the buttocks is usually well cared for, and local skin problems will not occur when encountering problems. (Follow the WeChat subscription account: Duo Mama’s Parent-child Time to chat about parent-child parenting)
[Words from Duo Ma]
The transmission rate of rotavirus is high and fast. If babies come into contact with objects infected with rotavirus, or if they touch objects carrying this virus, they may become infected with this virus. However, as long as the mother pays attention to prevention in daily life, it can also largely avoid this disease.