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3 year old with a month long Flu???

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 24, 2007
  • 06:47 PM

My 3 year old son came down with the stomach flu about a month ago. The whole family got it along with his day care. It worked its course and finally went away...for the rest of us. My son on the other hand has been vomiting and Diarrhea on and off for a whole month. He will wake up at least 3-4 time a week in the middle of the night vomiting a bright orange chemical smelling fluid in his bed and then the rest of the day very bad diarrhea. In between these times he is absolutely fine. No fever or rash and is very playful. The Doctor says there is really nothing I can do but see a GI specialist but they can’t get my son in for another 3 weeks. Is this something I should wait to have taken care of and deal with the 4 in the morning wake up bed sheet changes or should I get another opinion?

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  • Of particular concern is the fact you mention a "chemical smell". This could indicate a larger problem and, not to get you terribly worried, but many disorders mysteriously "begin" after a flu or viral infection.Of course, it's also possible that your son just has a more potent strain of the virus that caused the stomach problem, or that his immune system perhaps isn't as strong and so it's taking longer to flush out. Make sure he drinks lots of fluids (water) both to help "flush out" anything as well as to keep hydrated in light of all the bowl trouble. You've made a good decision to see a GI doctor, but 3 weeks is a bit much, especially since this is a small child. You might want to ask your GP for other referrals/GI specialists and see if any of those offices might get you in quicker.Good luck. The fact that your son seems fine aside from the problems you mention is definitely a good sign!
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