Optional — but it could prevent baby’s gastric flu!

On top of the usual MMR, BCG vaccines, there’s one other oral dose that may save your child from diarrhoea, vomiting and dehydration…


Your baby is more vulnerable to various viruses and diseases surrounding you when newborn. However, this can usually be solved by strengthening their immunity — and, of course, not missing appointments with your paediatrician.

But beyond the familiar BCG (against tuberculosis), MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), Hepatitis B and DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis), there is one more protection you should consider — a vaccination against the highly contagious rotavirus. This virus causes gastroenteritis, which would cause your munchkin to suffer from severe abdominal cramps, dehydration and even shock.

Other symptoms include:
• Fever.
• Watery, loose stools (aka diarrhoea).
• Vomiting.
• Loss of appetite.

You’ll also need to watch out for dehydration symptoms like:
• Cool skin.
• Lethargy.
• Sunken eyes.
• Dry mouth, extreme thirst.
• Dizziness when vertical.

Though the rotavirus vaccine is routinely recommended in many countries, it is not compulsory for babies in Singapore.

Why is this so? Read on…