What is rotavirus?

Rotavirus is an infection in children that causes loose stools (diarrhea) and vomiting. Rotavirus usually occurs from late winter through early spring. It affects people of all ages, but mostly children under age 1. Almost all children will have had rotavirus by age 5 because it is extremely contagious. Rotavirus spreads when a person comes in contact with stool, so it’s very important for you and your child to practice good hand washing to prevent this virus.

How can I tell if my child has rotavirus?

Your child will have these symptoms:

Your child may also be less playful and sleep more. Fever and vomiting will usually last for 2 days, but diarrhea may last for up to 1 week.

Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission. We do not endorse non-Cleveland Clinic products or services. Policy