Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Zel | 2009-02-19

Q.

Bloody Diarrhea

Dear Doc
My son had a runnytummy a day ago, but is was associated with a lot of mucusy blood.
Yesterday is stop, but last night his nose started to bleed.
We went to see a doctor on Tuesday, he suspected that it is Gastro. Should I be worried about the blood. Or is this normal

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This is not normal. When children have blood and mucous in the diarrhoea this is known as 'dysentary'. There are several nasty bacteria that can cause this illness such as salmonella, shigella or campylobacter. The doctor MUST send a stool specimen for laboratory testing. I am also concerned that your child has nose bleeds. This must also be carefully investigated and at the very least a full blood count should be done. Please take your son back to the paediatrician.

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