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Having fever, nausea, sore tummy and diarrhoea. Drinking plenty of water. What to do?

My son is ten years old, he had a temperature of 39.6 for two days, the first day there was no other symptons, the second day, slight nausea and sore tummy with diarreaha, third day temperature was normal but has still had diareha which is black and grainy and bouts of pain in the tummy. He is drinking plenty of water and eating ok.
Mon, 25 Jun 2012
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Hi madam/sir,
I am really concerned that your child is suffering from diarrhea. Don't worry diarrhea usually takes its own course of two to three days and resolves on its own. Antibiotics are not recommended unless there is blood in stools (dysentry). Some amount of pain in tummy can be present due to intestinal colic. It will resolve as diarrhea subsides.
Diarrhea if not taken care well will lead to dehydration. All you have to do is keep hydrating your child with adequate amount of fluids. II appreciate that you are offering plenty of fluids to drink. In addition to that you can offer buttermilk with salt, tender coconut water, rice porridge. Buy ORS(oral rehydration solution) packets, dissolve them in 1 liter of water and give atleast 100-200ml with every loose stool. If you are hydrating well, he will pass atleast 5-6 times urine.
Remember the danger signs like vomiting, frank blood in stools, not passing urine adequately where you need to contact your doctor immediately.
So keep hydrating him well, don't worry about number of episodes of diarrhea, its going to stop in one or two days. Take care.

Dr. C. Balaji
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