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Limited diet, diarrhea, pink mucus in stool. What is wrong?

My son just turned five last week. On Friday afternoon, he had diarrhea -- three separate occasions within a few hours, decreasing in volume each time. Saturday, I kept him on a limited diet, and he had a normal bowel movement that evening. On Sunday, back to a normal diet, and diarrhea returned in the afternoon; but this time, it had flecks of red in it the first time, then pinkish mucus the second and third time. This morning, he woke up and had a small amount of pink-tan diarrhea. His appetite is normal, and he has had no vomiting or fever. Should I be worried about the color of his stool, get him checked by a doctor, or just continue to monitor for now and go back to limiting his diet?
Asked On : Thu, 14 Mar 2013
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Pediatrician 's  Response
Feb 2013

Thank you for your query on Healthcare Magic.

Your child seems to have gastroenteritis and the red color is indicative of blood tinge which may be associated with dyentery.

I advise you to give stool for investigations like stool routine and stool for culture and sensitivity as it will indicate the cause and the appropriate antibiotic if required.

And give sips of oral rehydration fluids like Pedialyte to prevent dehydration.

Consult the Pediatrician for examination and for stool investigations.

Hope I have answered your query.

Answered: Sat, 30 Mar 2013
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