Saturday, March 20, 2010

Factors That Increase Risk of Persistent Diarrhea

There are seven main factors that increase the risk of persistent diarrhea, namely:
1. Age
Risk of persistent diarrhea, especially after an episode of acute diarrhea were higher in
babies less than a year old
2. Poor Nutrition
Duration of diarrhea and malnutrition increase the risk of persistent diarrhea
3. Natural Immune Mechanism
Children who have poor immune mechanisms, because of malnutrition,
disease, or other factors, have a higher risk for diarrhea
4. Previous infection
Increased risk of persistent diarrhea 2-4 times during the months after the episode of diarrhea
acute. Many babies affected persistent diarrhea after measles infection
5. Dairy Animals
Children who drink the milk of animals have a higher risk for diarrhea
persistent. This can be caused by:
- Milk contaminated animal disease-causing bacteria
- Damage to the intestinal wall by a protein present in animal milk
- Intolerance to lactose, which is a protein present in milk
- Some unknown mechanism
6. Bacteria that Cause Disease
Less than 50% of children with persistent diarrhea in the infection-causing bacteria
disease. Of the few bacteria that can cause persistent diarrhea, Escherichia
Coli, Shigella, and Criptosporidium more common.
7. Antibiotics
It is important to remember that the treatment of diarrhea with antibiotics and drugs
reduce bowel movements are likely to prolong the duration of diarrhea. This
due to a decrease bowel movement led to increased bacterial contact
with a wall of the intestine that aggravate symptoms.

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