E. coli is the name of a germ, or bacterium, that can live in your child's stomach and intestines. Some types of E. coli can cause illness and symptoms such as bloody diarrhea and cramps.
Symptoms of E. coli infection usually end in about 1 week with no further problems. But some children have severe blood and kidney problems.
People in Canada most often get an E. coli infection from eating meat that has been contaminated with E. coli. Your child can also get the infection from eating raw fruits and vegetables or dairy products that are contaminated with the bacteria. And your child can get it from others who are infected.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
To prevent spreading
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: July 30, 2018
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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