Our son Sean aged 7 months has diarrhea. That’s been accompanied with blood and a temp of 38.3 C. We spent last night in a local hospital who took eight hours to tell us there was no treatment possible, and tonight we’re back at square one with same temp and similar symptoms. We have Diarylite sachets, which he is taking. His condition looks no worse, but is no better, but the anxiety is too much for Mum to bear. She’s talking of heading back to the Philippines next week, where you get a lot more support for this kind of thing. I suppose the next stop is intravenous drip, but the NHS don’t seem too interested in actually treating him. In the Philippines, if you have money, they treat you. I can understand her desire to give up on the UK.
Is there anything else we can do?
LATER – In fact the hospital did treat him with an enormous dose of Calpol. This seems to have made him get hyperactive as the dosing was continued every four hours after we left, and choking. Having a temperature is not a problem. It’s part of how your body cures.
The blood’s gone now, and the fear of the mother is considerably lessened. She was shaking for hours.
The hospital sent a sample to the lab, but as we are not yet registered with a GP, we are not allowed to know the results. Actually that’s not quite true. I called the lab myself and asked for them. The assistant told me over the phone that there was no culture visible, after enquiring which Medical Practice I came from. I provided him with a rule-compliant reply. My home has indeed become a medical practice in the absence of any help from the NHS. We got more ideas from this blog post and the following comments, and from friends and colleagues than anywhere else.