Children can be susceptible to rotavirus, asthma, allergies, and RSV from a young age. This article outlines the primary respiratory illnesses which can affect children. It provides useful tips about protecting your family and shows why Domestos is one of your staunchest allies in the fight against household germs.
- What is RSV? RSV is short for Respiratory Syncytial Virus. It’s a common cause of severe respiratory illness in children under two years old, and the main reason children are admitted to hospital with a respiratory infection. RSV is the second largest cause of death in infants under a year old after malaria, causing 160,000 deaths per year according to the World Health Organization. 
- How is RSV spread? It’s spread by inhaling a nearby cough or sneeze, or by touching a surface or tissue contaminated with RSV, and then putting your hand to your nose, mouth or eyes.
- RSV symptoms: Common symptoms include a cough and earache. RSV can cause more severe conditions like bronchiolitis or pneumonia, which may require hospitalisation.
- How to avoid RSV: Wash your hands frequently. Children, elderly people and people with a poor immune system should avoid contact with anyone suffering from RSV. Encourage your children to cover their mouths when they cough. Because the germs are easily spread, it’s important to use total germ kill, like Domestos bleach to disinfect high-use surfaces like taps, toilets and floors.
- What is rotavirus? Many of the stomach bugs that affect children are caused by rotavirus. It’s the most common cause of serious diarrhoea in babies and children.
- How is rotavirus spread? When children have rotavirus, their poo will host the germs. The virus enters the body through the mouth, usually on fingers but sometimes on toys or other objects. The germs spread as easily as touching the hands of someone who has the infection or by touching something that has been touched by a person with the infection, such as toys, furniture or countertops. The germs can survive a long time on surfaces.
- Rotavirus symptoms: A mild to moderate fever, vomiting and stomach ache, watery diarrhoea, and a temperature characterised by cool, dry skin. The diarrhoea could last up to nine days. Severe dehydration is a side effect that requires hospital treatment.
- Does bleach kill rotavirus? Domestos kills all known germs dead, including rotavirus. Use Domestos Thick Bleach to keep toilets and potties clean and hygienic, and use a bleach-based spray to clean other surfaces. Disinfect cleaning cloths by soaking them overnight in a diluted solution of Domestos, drying them thoroughly. Finally, make sure to wash your hands and your children’s hands regularly.
Domestos is the ultimate weapon against germs which threaten your family. RSV and rotavirus, can make you sick, but with Domestos your loved ones are protected.