Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Alr | 2011-11-10


Tummy bug

Hi Prof

My 2 1/2 year old has a slight fever on and off.

She vomited a little last night. The fever last night pitched to 38.8 and then I gave her a panamor suppository. The fever then went down and stayed down. She did not vomit again.

She woke up during the night and had a loose bowel which smelled terrible. She was restless as well.

This morning the temperature again reached about 37 and I then gave her an empaped suppository (she vomits all oral medicine) as she was crying she has " eina" . She also had had 2 or 3 loose bowels (not high quantities). Last one had a small (not even half a teaspoon) blood stain in which makes me think it''s the suppository insertion??

She drinks well still (rooibos tea, water and also her milk) without vomiting. She also had some cereal this morning.

She''s a bit irritated, crying and I think her tummy must be sore. After giving pain meds she''s her old fine self.

Should I take her to the doc or will it settle by itself? I know it''s best not to stop the tummy in young children but keep them hydrated, I''m just wondering.

Thank you in advance and sorry for the long post.

Expert's Reply



You have set your concerns out very well.It does seem as if your little girl has picked up a tummy infection. I am not sure about her bleed and cannot be certain that this is not due to a virus infection or possibly a bacterial infection that is causing her gastro.She does seem to be settling but it would still be worthwhile giving her regular sips of an electrolyte solution such as Rehidrat. This is to replace body salts and fluid lost through her vomiting and diarrhoea.It does not appear to be necessary to take her to be seen by her a doctor now.If she starts to vomit again or her diarrhoea worsens then she must be seen.

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