Health 101: Rotavirus & Stomach Flu

What Are the Main Symptoms of Stomach Flu?

The early signs of stomach flu can be easy to miss, especially in babies and toddlers. Be on the lookout for these red flags:

  • Fever
  • Vomiting (more volume than usual everyday spit-up)
  • Watery diarrhea
  • Fussiness or irritability
  • Acting more tired and sluggish than usual
  • Decreased appetite

Older children may also complain of tummy cramps, muscle aches, and headaches. Symptoms generally set in one to three days after your kid's been exposed to the bug, and can last anywhere from a day or two up to 10. The main risks from stomach flu are not from the symptoms themselves (although unpleasant), but the fact that upset stomach can make your child very dehydrated.

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