What is the best way to evaluate and manage diarrhea in the febrile infant?

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What is the best way to evaluate and manage diarrhea in the febrile infant?

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Title: What is the best way to evaluate and manage diarrhea in the febrile infant?
Author: Banks, J. Burton (Jerry Burton), 1963-; Sullo, Elaine J.
Keywords: stool cultures
Date: 2004-12
Publisher: Family Physicians Inquiries Network
Citation: Journal of Family Practice, 53(12) 2004: 996-999.
Abstract: Routine infant diarrhea requires no lab work or cultures (strength of recommendation [SOR]: C); the degree of dehydration can be determined reliably by percent body weight change (SOR: B). However, bicarbonate may help rule out dehydration (SOR: B); electrolytes and blood urea nitrogen may be useful in evaluating complicated diarrhea with severe dehydration or when intravenous fluids are required; stool cultures are indicated for bloody or prolonged diarrhea, suspected food poisoning, or recent travel abroad (SOR: C).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10355/3204

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