A Little Blood In The Stool Of A 4 Week Old Baby With Fever?
My baby is 4m, his pup has red spots, he has a fever too, at this time my baby is in the oral phase, said dsa, where I checked, he got dysentery, is that right?
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Dysentery is an infection of the gastrointestinal tract that gives symptoms in the form of mucous and bloody diarrhea. Other symptoms that can be found in dysentery include fever, nausea and vomiting, and abdominal pain. Dysentery is generally caused by bacterial infection (Shigella, Campylobacter, Salmonella, and enterohemorrhagic E. coli) or amoebic infection (Entamoeba histolytica). These infections can occur due to consumption of contaminated food or drinks. Babies, especially babies who have not received solid food, are less likely to suffer from dysentery, unless you use less clean water to make baby formula.
A little blood in the baby's stool can be caused by many possibilities, here are some possible causes besides infection (dysentery):
the baby's anus (anal fissure)
allergies to formula milk
bleeding in the nipple (for example, if a mother is breastfeeding her baby)
temporary lactose intolerance following gastrointestinal infection
intussusception or bowel that folds into the intestine in front of it
Your pediatrician may find symptoms or other findings that lead to suspicion of dysentery. To be sure, the doctor can perform blood tests or check the baby's stool. You should discuss further with your pediatrician to find out the reason for the diagnosis. For now, you should continue the therapy given by your pediatrician, and ensure your child's hydration is adequate by giving him a drink (breast milk or formula) more if your child has diarrhea or vomiting. Give small amounts, but more often if your child vomits when given milk. If you provide formula milk for children, make sure you brew formula milk with water that is guaranteed clean. You can boil the water first to make sure the water is free from bacteria, amoeba, and other microorganisms.
If you are still in doubt, you can seek a second opinion by having your child checked by another Pediatrician.
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