When a child experiences diarrhea and low fever( up to 37.5 degrees), these symptoms may indicate a number of diseases. Dangerous also a low temperature( up to 35 degrees) in combination with diarrhea. It can be caused by several reasons. What, let's understand together.
The child has a small fever with diarrhea that can occur for a variety of reasons. In babies in the first two months of life, it indicates an imperfection of the thermoregulatory system. At the same time, diarrhea is accompanied by a decline in strength during the development of the intestinal infection, or immediately after the end of the infectious disease in older children. The fact is that any intestinal infection is accompanied by fever, so the sick child is given special means that can reduce it. The intake of antipyretics often causes a drop in body temperature below normal.
A significant decrease in indicators can occur immediately after treatment and recovery of a young child. A similar condition of the physician is called a "decline of strength".The child's organism very quickly comes to, therefore the condition gradually comes to norm.
There are factors that can trigger the appearance of both diarrhea and low body temperature. They must be separately listed:
- Lack of vitamins and minerals. With the development of anemia, for example, a prolonged drop in temperature and diarrhea are very common. The same reaction can occur when the immature adolescent organism is exposed to stresses caused by the use of different unbalanced diets. They cause rapid exhaustion, and then along the chain: physiological processes slow down, the temperature drops to 35 degrees, indigestion forms, diarrhea appears.
- Failures in the functioning of the immune system, its weakening after the transferred diseases, any effects on immunity. Such malfunctions are often accompanied by low temperature and prolonged diarrhea.
- Specific intoxication. The usual food poisoning causes a sharp heat, but sometimes the children's organism reacts to a particular toxin in addition to the described symptom, with a strong chill and tremor of the hands. But the most typical case is an overdose of tetraethyl lead.
- Chronic stress. The child's organism reacts very sensitively to excessive psychological overstrain. A chronic fatigue syndrome in adolescence is very dangerous. It is he who can provoke a long decrease in the parameters of the body, as well as an upset of the work of the gastrointestinal tract, manifested in the form of diarrhea. Such conditions can not be ignored, since there is a possibility of development of dysfunction of other internal systems.
You can also identify several factors that can provoke the appearance of low temperature and diarrhea. This allergic reaction, low hemoglobin, endocrine pathology, brain disease.
Low temperature and diarrhea, what should I do?
If the temperature with diarrhea has fallen below normal, but very quickly recovered, you should not worry. To consult a doctor is necessary only when this condition lasts for two days. First of all it is necessary to show the child to the pediatrician. He will assess the general condition, conduct a survey of the patient, prescribe tests( general blood test, ECG, blood biochemistry).This will help establish the cause and prescribe an effective treatment.
When the low temperature and diarrhea are the result of fatigue or reduced immunity, the doctor will adjust the diet, advise to change the regimen for the patient, increase physical activity.
When there are suspicions of latent chronic diseases, there is a need for additional consultations with other specialized doctors, a pediatric neurologist, for example, a functional diagnostician, gastroenterologist, endocrinologist. They can prescribe additional tests and deploy treatment in a different direction. It is important to bring all the indicators to the norm.