How to treat and prevent norovirus
There is no therapy for norovirus nor is there a vaccine for norovirus. These tips are general recommendations for gastroenteritis.
- Give plenty of fluids. Oral
rehydration solutions are greatly recommended for children with mild to
moderate dehydration. The oral rehydration solutions can be bought in
pharmacies and should be executed from the instructions on the packet.
- Mildly unwell children should drink
more of their usual fluids and should avoid carbonated drinks.
- Medicines that going to prevent
vomiting and diarrhea should not be taken unless the doctor has
specially subscribed the patient the medicines.
- Babies that have got norovirus can
continue to breastfeed.
- Children on formulas and people on a solid
diet are recommended to stop the diet and continue to eat normal food
(including full strength lactose milk).
- Excluded the patient from preschool,
school, work and child care till there has been no vomiting and diarrhea for at
least 24 hours. If the patient works at a child care, health care or a
commercial food setting the recommended excluding time is 48 hours.
- Wash hand carefully after using the
toilet and changing nappies
- Wash hand carefully before cooking
or preparing food.
- Once the chapter of the vomiting and
diarrhea has finished, thoroughly wash all contaminated surfaces with detergent
and water and then disinfect the surfaces with household bleach according to
the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Rapidly remove all clothes and
bedding that has been contaminated and wash with hot water and soap.
- People working in child cares and
nursing homes should pay close attention to the children or resident/s that
have norovirus illness, norovirus is very contagious and can spread quickly
through different environment.