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How is rotavirus treated?

Page last updated 11 July 2018

There is no specific treatment for rotavirus. However, there are some treatments available to help with the symptoms. 

As diarrhoea and vomiting can lead to fluid loss and dehydration, drinking fluids may be required, for example oral rehydration solutions (ORS). Severe cases may require hospitalisation for intravenous fluid replacement (via a needle in a vein). 

Children may experience symptoms like severe dehydration, and medical treatment should be sought for children who show loss of appetite, little urination (wee), have a dry mouth and throat, and/or are unusually sleepy or hard to settle. 

Seek medical assistance or go to your emergency department if your child refuses to drink or has worrying symptoms, for example, very frequent diarrhoea or vomiting, listlessness or drowsiness.

Children, even those who are vaccinated, can get sick more than once. However, children who are vaccinated are much less likely to get sick and if they do, they will likely experience less severe symptoms than vaccinated children.

Adults normally experience milder symptoms and can be treated at home with fluids and rest.

Sources & Citations

  1. Victorian Government, Better Health Channel, Rotavirus. Available at (accessed 7 April 2018).
  2. Centers for Disease Control. Rotavirus – Symptoms. Available at (accessed 7 April 2018).
  3. Centers for Disease Control. Rotavirus – Treatment. Available at (accessed 7 April 2018).
  4. NSW Government, Department of Health, Rotavirus Fact Sheet. Available at (accessed 7 April 2018)

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0157a - Date of preparation May 2018