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Infant on IV due to gastroenteritis. Severe, cough, diarrhea and fever. Need further treatment?

My sons 11 months and I had took him to an emergency and all they is give him an IV nd told us to go home they Diogenes him with gastroenteritis they didn t give any medication but my son has gotten worst his cough sounds sharp he don t want to eat he still has fever nd lots of dieariah he keeps touching his stomach nd ears his weezings sounds stronger I just want to know if I should take him back to the hospital?
Asked On : Wed, 30 Jan 2013
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Pediatrician 's  Response
Dear Jane,

Yes, I think you should, as he has a virus that is now affecting not only his intestines, but also his nose, throat and lungs. I don't think there should be any panic from your end. In addition to IV fluids, the doctors may, if they see fit, also prescribe or give him some other treatment for his cough, etc.
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Pediatrician, Neonatology Dr. Uma Rajah Ananth's  Response
For simple gastroenteritis ,avoiding dehydration is the main and only treatment. This is done by giving fluids orally or by intravenous route if oral fluids are not tolerated.
But since you say that he has cough,fever,ear pain,wheezing,etc,you have to show him to the pediatrician for evaluation again and decide further treatment.

It s better not to delay the referral to the hospital.
Good luck
Dr Uma
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Emergency Medicine Specialist Dr. Sheeba Stephen's  Response
Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

Gastro-enteritis is very common in this age group. Most of it is caused due to viral infections and are self-limiting. The important things to ensure are adequate hydration, oral intake and relenishing water and salt losses (you can keep giving him ORS frequently).

Regarding his cough, wheezing and fever, since you say that these symptoms are severe, it would be advisable to take him to the hospital for further evaluation and treatment.

Dr. Sheeba Stephen
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