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Introduction to rotavirus

This virus affects the bowels and children most often suffer from it. It can lead to a large number of different symptoms, including fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain, vomiting, and dehydration.

Most people will have had this virus at least once by the age of three, however, there re excellent natural remedies that can be used to combat the condition. Treatments

When the rotavirus begins a good home remedy is to go on the BRAT diet of banana, rice, applesauce and toast.

This diet is good for giving the body needed potassium that will bind the bowels.

Fluids are most often used to treat the condition because dehydration is a common side effect.

A good fluid treatment includes a teaspoon of salt, eight of sugar and one liter of water. It is important to measure properly because if a person uses more sugar than necessary, the diarrhea might get even worse.

It is important not to drink fluids that have a lot of sugar, caffeine and alcohol until the virus has left the body.

Sometimes, not eating for a few hours will help to deal with the symptoms of rotavirus. If a person is vomiting frequently, a good remedy is to suck on ice cubes and sip water in order to keep the body dehydrated, and then slowly and lightly reintroduce food to the diet.

Breast milk is of course encouraged for infants during the treatment period.

High far foods should be removed from the diet and replaced with complex carbohydrates such as vegetables and fruits, lean meat and yogurt.

During the time of the sickness it is also important to practice good hygiene and to wash the hands with soap and water regularly. Clean water is also vital for controlling the rotavirus infection so it is best to use a water purification system if tap water is being consumed.

Rice or barley water, along with vegetable juices and miso broth can be used to restore fluids in the body as well. Live yeast can be used to prevent diarrhea while probiotics can help to maintain the good bacteria in the intestines that will fight the virus.

It could be a good idea to take zinc supplements as well because they will help to improve the overall immune system. There are also many natural herbs that can be used if diarrhea problems become serious because of the virus.

Astringent herbs such as blackberry leaf and raspberry lead can be used, as can carob power and bilberry extract which will also act as remedies for diarrhea and help with such digestive problems that may occur as a result of the virus.

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