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1. Which essential questions will you ask a pediatric patient or his or her caregiver
when the presenting complaint is bloody diarrhea? Will these questions vary
depending upon the child’s age? Why or why not? Which diagnostic studies will you
initially order and why?
Bloody diarrhea in children living in developed countries is not a common disorder; thus,
its occurrence may indicate the possibility of chronic disease. Therefore, as a pediatrician, when
presented with such a symptom from a patient or their caregiver, it is essential to ask the right
questions to establish the root cause of diarrhea. Since the digestive systems are not yet fully
developed in infants, their stool is usually semi-liquid. Thus, its crucial to ask the right questions
for a proper assessment and diagnosis.
The assessment will initially focus on a detailed history of the disorder to establish the
source of the bleeding and thus the possible cause. Additionally, it is vital to ask the severity of
the bleeding, the color of the stool, pain in the abdomen and the scale of the pain, straining, and
also if there has been any recent change of diet. According to Ricciuto et al. (2018), it is crucial
to assess diarrhea’s severity, possible signs and symptoms. Furthermore, Thiagarajah et al.
(2018) propose the pediatrician focus questions on food, drinks, medicine, and drugs ingested.
These questions focus on finding the root cause of the bleeding and possible bleeding tissues or
organs.
Questions asked depend on the age of the patient. Some diseases that are characterized by
blood in stool, such as inflammatory bowel disease, mostly occur in children above one year.
Therefore, pediatricians should avoid questions that may lead to the diagnosis of inflammatory

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1 Samantha Graves Case Name Institutional Affiliations Course Instructor Date Submitted 2 Samantha Graves Case 1. Which essential questions will you ask a pediatric patient or his or her caregiver when the presenting complaint is bloody diarrhea? Will these questions vary depending upon the child’s age? Why or why not? Which diagnostic studies will you initially order and why? Bloody diarrhea in children living in developed countries is not a common disorder; thus, its occurrence may indicate the possibility of chronic disease. Therefore, as a pediatrician, when presented with such a symptom from a patient or their caregiver, it is essential to ask the right questions to establish the root cause of diarrhea. Since the digestive systems are not yet fully developed in infants, their stool is usually semi-liquid. Thus, it’s crucial to ask the right questions for a proper assessment and diagnosis. The assessment will initially focus on a detailed history of the disorder to establish the source of the bleeding and thus the possible cause. Additionally, it is vital to ask the severity of the bleeding, the color of the stool, pain in the abdomen and the scale of the pain, straining, and also if there has been any recent change of diet. According to Ricciuto et al. (2018), it is crucial to assess diarrhea’s severity, possible signs and symptoms. Furthermore, Thiagarajah et al. (2018) propose the pediatrician focus questions on food, drinks, medicine, and drugs ingested. Thes ...
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