Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Because most people with hemolytic uremic syndrome are admitted to the hospital after a trip to the emergency room or following a brief phone call or visit with their doctors, it's not likely that you or your child will have a routine office visit.

However, if you or your child is experiencing symptoms of hemolytic uremic syndrome after several days of diarrhea, call your doctor immediately and be prepared to answer these questions:

  • Have you noticed blood in your or your child's diarrhea?
  • What other signs and symptoms — such as fever, swelling or decreased urine output — have you or your child experienced?
  • How long have you or your child been experiencing these symptoms?
  • How long has it been since you or your child urinated?

What you can do in the meantime

If you or your child has an illness that causes vomiting or diarrhea, it's a good idea to try to replace the fluids that have been lost with an oral rehydrating solution, such as CeraLyte, Pedialyte or Oralyte. Don't give yourself or your child any medication to stop diarrhea if you see any evidence of blood in the stool. These medications, such as bismuth subsalicylate (Kaopectate, Pepto-Bismol) and loperamide (Immodium), may increase the risk of hemolytic uremic syndrome.

July 03, 2013