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Children's Palliative Care in Africa$
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Justin Amery

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199567966

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567966.001.0001

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Gastrointestinal symptoms

Gastrointestinal symptoms

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(p.155) Chapter 8 Gastrointestinal symptoms
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Children's Palliative Care in Africa
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Justin Amery

Michelle Meiring

Caroline Rose

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567966.003.0008

This chapter notes that children with HIV/AIDS or cancer are very prone to mouth problems, particularly those who are malnourished. One of the most common causes of vomiting in children's palliative care is doctors' prescribing. While GI bleeding is very frightening for all concerned, one must anticipate and prepare for it, but not panic. It is quite rare for a child to bleed to death from a GI bleed. Meanwhile, diarrhoea is very common in children with HIV/AIDS and is the most common cause of illness and death during the first year of life.

Keywords:   HIV, AIDS, mouth problems, palliative care, GI bleeding, diarrhoea, vomiting

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