Symptoms of rotavirus
Symptoms develop 1 to 2 days after infection. Adults can catch rotavirus, but usually have milder symptoms or no symptoms.
Symptoms for tamariki start suddenly and include:
- runny poos (diarrhoea) that can last from 3 to 8 days
- tummy pain.
Symptoms can range from a short period of mild, watery poos to severe, dehydrating diarrhoea with vomiting and low-grade fever.
Severe dehydration from these symptoms usually happens in tamariki aged 3 months to 2 years old.
Complications for tamariki
Rotavirus increases the risk of bowel obstruction (intussusception) particularly in pēpi under 1 year.
Tamariki can become dehydrated from runny poos and need to go to hospital. Severe dehydration can be fatal if not treated.
Death from rotavirus infection is extremely rare in New Zealand.
When to get medical advice
If your pēpi is less than 6 months old and has vomiting or runny poos you should see a healthcare provider urgently. They can become unwell quickly. If your tamariki have symptoms that you are worried about:
- contact your usual doctor or healthcare provider
- call Healthline for free advice 0800 611 116
- call 111 for an ambulance in an emergency.