Causes Of Prolonged Dark Lumps In The Stools Of 1-year-old Children Accompanied By Decreased Appetite?
, my child is 18 months old, his appetite tends to decrease so that when weighing in the BB Posyandu he does not increase, only 9 kg during the last 2 months. Then, lately he defecated 2 to 3 times a day with a stool that tends to hard, and at the time of defecation he looks like trouble. But today I became quite shocked when cleaning the bowel. I found something like a worm coming out with its faeces, about 8cm – 10cm long, dark in color (tends to be black / dark brown). Is my child wormed? or are there other symptoms of the disease? what recommendations are suitable drugs? Thus, beg for your help and thank you.
Hello Baby, Thank you for the question.
The normal body weight for an 18 month old baby is 9 kg - 11.6 kg for girls and 9.7 kg - 12.3 kg for boys. The weight that does not increase in children must be examined the cause, due to lack of nutritional intake, children who are too active, or there are certain medical conditions that cause growth disorders. Defecation frequency 2-3 times a day is still classified as normal. What needs further attention is the condition of the stool that comes out. The symptoms that you see in a baby's stool may be caused by a worm infection. Worm infection can cause the baby's digestive tract can not absorb nutrients to the maximum so that the baby's weight is difficult to increase. However, other conditions such as chronic lung infections such as tuberculosis should also be considered.
The best step now is to consult with your pediatrician today or tomorrow. The doctor needs to ask about your child's symptoms, examine your child, and perform other tests such as blood tests, X-rays, stool examinations. Stool examination aims to determine whether it is really a worm infection that causes the symptoms that you encounter and if so, can also determine the type of worm. Thus, the treatment given by the doctor will be more appropriate.
For now, please continue to provide food and drinks to you. Perbanya providing fibrous foods such as vegetables and fruit. It is also recommended that you always maintain hand hygiene before preparing food and drinks for children and before caring for children, as well as others before contacting children.
I hope this helps.