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Child has diarrhea, stool become soft yellow to brown, bleeding. Is it serious?

My 1yr old has had diarrhoea for 4 days. Approx 6-8 times a day. Sometimes she ll go hours without passing stool . Other times it s 2-3 in an hour. The consistency of her stool ranges from soft yellow seedy mustard to brown, and just today with a bit of blood . We just returned from the gp & sent a sample for investigation. She is otherwise happy & healthy. Appetite is good. Eats & drinks well. No fever . Is her diarrhoea serious & what should we do while waiting for results?
Asked On : Tue, 12 Jun 2012
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Pediatrician 's  Response

thanks for writing to health care magic.

Blood in the stool indicates dysentry and is suggestive of bacterial infection.

As far as the loose stool are concerned if they are watery one has to start on oral rehydration solution. It could be any fluid that contains salt and sugar in it.

Just monitor for signs of dehydrtion and look out for fever.

If it is a dysentry your doctor may prescribe antibiotics.

Hope this helps
take care
Answered: Fri, 8 Mar 2013
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Pediatrician Dr. Synthyia Bhagat's  Response
Thanks for your query.
Your child is having blood in stools which suggest dysentry.
Most important is to maintain hydration.
This is good that child is active.
Give oral rehydration solution sip by sip after each loose stool,give coconut water,lemonade,curd,boiled potato,banana,rice porridge.
Give lactobaccilus sachet for 2 to 3 days.
Watch for signs of dehydration.
If stool sample shows any infection your doctor will give a course of antibiotic.

Wishing your child good health.
God bless.
Answered: Sat, 9 Mar 2013
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