Childhood Diseases

Posted by: APN | 2008/11/05


Please advsie I am beyond worried

My son is two years old. He has had diarrhea now for 15 days, We have had him by the doctor and tests have been done, we picked up he has a Cryptosporidium parasite and there is no treatment for it. What worries me is I was told it should clear up in 7 to 10 days. it has not..... Now today he has started with a fever. seems as if he has picked up the flu. his immune system is so down and he is just not getting better. Please advise I am desperate.

Expert's Reply



What is essential here is a proper diagnosis. Cryptosporidium infection iusually affects young children only when their immunity is poor. Has your paediatrician checked his immune system?Your child should be hospitalised if necessary as his persistent diarrhoea will lead to loss of electrolytes and poor absorption of nutrients.I hope that your son is being looked after by a paediatrician.

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