Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Chesty | 2011-04-21

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dear doc
my cousin has an 8month old son who has blood in her stool, the blood is like a lot and she has been to hospital twice and even today she is again there but no one knows what is wrong with the child. the pampers is full of blood with cloths and he becomes so weak they have to put him in a drip every time. what could be causing this the cloths is as if a pregnant woman and she miscarried thats how bad it is.

just to ad that the child has been tested already for hiv and he is positive and my cousin konws that and he started treatment 3 days ago and this happened before that and it is still happening even though he is on treatment. please help

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Babies sometimes have an inborn defect in their bowel called a 'Meckels Diverticulum' that can cause quite heavy bleeding like this.This diagnosis is often misssed and it is necessary to do an ultra sound examination and possibly some further tests of your baby cousin's tummy in order to make the correct diagnosis. Please ask your cousin to take her baby daughter back to the hospital and to ask specifically whether her baby could possibly have a MECKEL'S DIVERTICULUM.

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