Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Janet | 2011-04-04


Persistent stomach ache

My 6 year old son had a skin rash that looked like bites. The GP first diagnosed a skin infection due to sinusitis bacteria that infected mozzie bites. He also said his intestines feel hard and prescribed deworming pills. The bites got worse and eventually the GP diagnosed tick-bite fever although he never had a fever and prescribed anti-biotics. My son then started with swelling on his limbs - not his joints with bleeding under the skin. A pediatrician saw him in hosp and diagnosed auto-immune reaction. A week later we went for a follow-up and in that time my son had severe stomach ache, diarrhoea and vomiting twice. It is now about two/three weeks later and he had the same stomach ache again this weekend with diarrhoea and vomiting. His stomach was also distended but he has an appetite. Should I be worried?

Expert's Reply



I think your son has had an illness called Henoch-Schonlein Purpura. The correct diagnosis was unfortunately not made at the time. His symptoms are typical of this illness and your description is excellent.Look up 'Henoch-Schonlein Purpura' on Google. Your son must be taken back to the paediatrician ASAP. Please inform the paediatrician of this diagnosis.

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