My son possibly has shigella! I need to get a poo sample to be sure..help!

Nicky - posted on 07/01/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I recently did a job at a daycare center that had a massive shigella breakout. My company had to go in and clean everything that is in reach of an adult or a child. We had to disinfect to make sure all the bacteria was gone so they could open back up. It takes 3-5 days after being exposed to shigella to show symptoms. Well 3 days later my 4 yr old ended up with a fever. A FEVER IS THE FIRST SYMPTOM OF SHIGELLA. So I immediatly brought him to urgent care because I know shigella can hospitalize you if you let it get to bad. The doctor said he has strep throat and possibly shigella. I have to get a poo sample to know for sure, but my son will not poop in the container they gave him. Every time he goes he flushes the toilet before I get in there. How to I get a poo sample? Can I get it out of the toilet or can it not get water on it? I've never had to do this before so I have no idea how it works. I need to get this done asap. I need any advice.. THANKS SO MUCH!!

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Nicky - posted on 07/01/2012

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The doc gave him a container that attaches to the toilet ,its pretty big.But he just won't go in it. He is 4 yrs old. He has the container then after that i have to put it in the little cup they usually use for a urine sample. I'm unsure of what to do.

Cherish - posted on 07/01/2012

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Hi,
I do not think that you can take it out of the toilet.
How old is he?
I guess just watch him and when he goes in there just put the cup under him...maybe you can get a bigger cup or some kind of container(like a bowl you can throw away) and put that over the toilet,maybe the cup is too small and freaks him out?

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