Bugs that target children
What is Rotavirus?
Most of the stomach bugs affecting children are caused by rotavirus. It lives in the intestines and is passed on when a healthy person comes into contact with the faeces of an infected person. That could be through waste water that hasn't been purified before drinking or by food touched by hands that weren't washed properly after using the toilet.
It spreads by:
Infected people or animals leaving the germ in their vomit or faeces.
Hands touching toilet surfaces, nappies, or other contaminated surfaces.
The symptoms are:
A mild to moderate fever, vomiting and stomach ache, and a temperature characterised by dry, cool skin.
Vomiting and fever should go away after a day or two, followed by watery diarrhoea that lasts up to 9 days.
Severe dehydration can be a side effect that then requires hospital treatment.
Ways to help avoid Rotavirus:
Handle dirty nappies with care. Put them in a nappy bag before putting them in a bin liner to stop bacteria from causing further harm. If you use a nappy bin, make sure that you use a bleach product like Domestos Multipurpose Thick Bleach to clean it regularly.
Keep toilets and potties hygienically clean with the Domestos Thick Bleach and if someone has diarrhoea, make sure that you disinfect the toilet each time they use it.
If you're looking after sick children, wash your hands thoroughly before preparing food or caring for other members of the family.
Disinfect cleaning cloths by soaking them overnight in a diluted solution of Domestos Multipurpose Thick Bleach, drying them thoroughly.
How to hygienically clean the outside of the toilet
Some people have reusable cloths, but it's more hygienic to use disposable wipes or paper towels with a cleaning spray so that you can throw them away afterwards.