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What does the stool test of my baby indicate ?

Hi, the stool test of my six month old baby says, occult blood in his stool, occasional RBC , and pus cells. Doctor says he is suffering from bacterial infection in his intestine . More over he has not gained 100 grams in last 2 months. We worried parents want to know whether the diagnosis is correct? and can it be related to any serious disease.
Asked On : Mon, 30 Apr 2012
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Pediatrician 's  Response
hello sulagna,
welcome to hcm
thanks for the query
from the stool report you have mentioned it appears to be bacterial infection .most probably dysentry
blood is lost when the bacteria cause damage to the mucosa of intestine
is she having fever ?if she having loose stools then no need to worry. its normal in breastfed children
you can also give him econorm 1/2 sachet twice daily for 3 days
if she is dehydrated then maintain adequate hydration according to weight .you should maintain proper hygiene before giving him all feeds.take the aantibiotic as prescribed by your doctor
take care
Answered: Fri, 4 May 2012
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General & Family Physician Dr. Sairajesh Koonamsetty's  Response

Welcome to health care magic.

I have gone through your query.

The presence of occult blood and RBC in stool suggests an invasive infection of Intestine. Presence of pus cells is definitely suggestive of Bacterial infection. Most probable cause would be Escherecia Coli ( E Coli) . Intestinal Infections are common among children.

The Diagnosis is absolutely correct. No doubt about that.
Do not worry if antibiotics are initiated promptly , there should be no problem to your child.
If the baby is being bottle fed, please be careful with the bottles you use. Sterilize them properly by placing both the nipple and the bottle in hot water.

Wish your baby a speedy recovery
Take care
Answered: Mon, 30 Apr 2012
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