Q. How can bloody mucus stools of a 3-year-old be treated?

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Dr. Amit Modi
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This is a premium question & answer published on Nov 03, 2017

Hello doctor,

My nephew is 3 years old. He is getting bloody mucus in stool for the last six days and also is having stomach pain also. Today, it happened for 17 times. We had consulted a local pediatrician. He told it may be a gastro infection. He is having consistent stomach pain. Can I know what should be the diet?  He is on Gifaxin, Zinc UP, Norfagyl, Drotin, Xpect PD. What should I do now at home to help him? Gifaxin (Rifaxamin) was given today. After that, the number of stools has increased. Kindly suggest me what should I do.



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  • As per the clinical history, the child is suffering from an infective gastroenteritis also known as dysentery. This is diarrhea in children. Probable cause could be food poisoning or any infection. The medicines given by your pediatrician seems to be adequate.
  • I suggest you continue with the Norfagyl (Metronidazole and Norfloxacin). This is an antibiotic for both aerobic and nonaerobic infections. Zinc UP is zinc used to boost the immunity and build gastric flora. Tufpro is a probiotic suspension. Probiotic has a very good role in controlling diarrhea by building gastric flora.
  • If Gifaxin (Rifaximin) is increasing the frequency of diarrhea, I suggest you may stop it, as it has a minimal role in acute gastroenteritis. Xpect PD (Terbutaline and Ambroxol) have been given for a normal cough and cold.
  • Keep rehydrating the child with ORS (oral rehydration salts) solution as needed. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and take the above medicines with their consent. If there is any sign of dehydration like lethargy, low urine output, not able accept orally then you need to immediately admit the child in a hospital.
  • Investigations to be done include stool routine and culture and CBC (complete blood count). Continue with the advised medication. It generally takes two to three days for dysentery to resolve.

For more information consult a paediatrician online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/paediatrician

Thank you doctor,

What should be the diet? Can I give moong daal khichdi and barley?



Welcome back to icliniq.com.

  • Yes, of course, you can give soft diets like moong dal khichdi with dahi (yogurt) or dahi rice, etc.
  • I suggest you take Drotin (Drotaverine) which gives symptomatic relief from pain in the abdomen. You can use it if necessary. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and take the medicines with their consent.

For more information consult a paediatrician online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/paediatrician

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