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A 22-year-old female asked:

can my two year old get sick from playing with kittens? she has runny tummy and vomiting.

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Dr. Kanaya Maharaj
Specializes in
Yes: Animals can be vectors for many illnesses. They play & walk in soil and water which may be contaminated. Most of these viral and bacterial illnesses are self limiting. Watch out for dehydration - dry mouth, listlessness, failure to feed, very high heart rate, sunken eyes. Consult a dr immediately. If there is more than 10 bowel motions a day or blood in the stool, your child may need an antibiotic
Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Possible allergy: Everyone of us respond to allergy in different ways. Best to have your two year old see a pediatric allergist for testing and rule out other allergens that you may not be aware of.

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Last updated Mar 12, 2020

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