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18 month old had supposed stomache bug. been a week still has diarrhea and bad episodes of cramping. also stomache is swollen and hard. is it virus?

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Dr. Nela Cordero
53 years experience Pediatrics
DEHYDRATION: 1week of lbm and stomach is swollen and hard with cramping. Child is dehydrated lacking electrolytes might be having paralytic ileus. Please bring him to er for hydration and lytes.
Answered on Jun 28, 2013
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Dr. Dwain Rickertsen
35 years experience Family Medicine
Family practice : A stomach bug is a generalized term meaning a stomach virus which usually resolves and gets better in a few days. However your child's symptoms have.Persisted longer and needs to be evaluated further. I feel that a bacterial or a parasitic infection may be present.
Answered on Aug 10, 2013
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Dr. John Hammer
32 years experience Infectious Disease
Not likely: Viral gastroenteritis typically resolves after a few days and does not lead to a swollen/hard stomach. The symptoms that you describe and their duration are very worrisome for more severe problem, either anatomical (such as a twisting or perforation of the bowel) or bacterial (especially if there has been blood in the stool). Urgent evaluation is indicated.
Answered on Sep 14, 2013
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