Gastroenteritis


Can others get the same virus as my child?

Yes, others can get the virus that your child has. To stop this from happening, it is important to take the following precautions:

  • wash your hands and your child's hands frequently, especially before eating, after using the restroom, after sneezing or after changing diapers
  • avoid close contact with anyone who has the virus, if possible
  • use separate personal items, such as eating utensils, cups, and toothbrushes
  • disinfect household items frequently, such as phones, doorknobs, and toys
  • check with your child care center to make sure they have a separate area for changing diapers and preparing food
  • make sure your child gets the rotavirus vaccine since rotavirus is a common cause of viral gastroenteritis in children
  • Click here for more information on the rotavirus vaccine