A: Yes. When bleeding and diarrhea start, it is important to get the person to a medical facility as soon as possible.
Q: What can I do at home?
A: Take your child’s temperature every hour, especially if they are feverish (higher than 100 degrees). If you suspect that your child has malaria or another parasitic infection (e.g., Dirofilaria repens), then take them for treatment immediately. You can also use an infrared thermometer under their armpit on cool days and in cool rooms to check how hot your baby is getting during the day and night while sleeping (the mercury of a digital thermometer will be white; an older-style glass bulb type thermometer will be blue; newer metal tip types may stay black). The best way to measure body temperature accurately is with a rectal probe—an electronic device that inserts into the anus via lubrication such as KY jelly—and measures the heat from inside the body more accurately than with oral or tympanic measurements alone, which may not detect even mild fevers because of small fluctuations in internal temperatures over time. Rectal probes should only be used by people trained in its use and who know how dangerous amebic infections are when left untreated!