Clostridium Difficile (C. difficile, C. diff) Topic Guide
Clostridium Difficile (C. difficile, C. diff, Antibiotic Related Colitis): Clostridium difficile (or C. difficile, C. diff) colitis is an infection of the colon. C. diff infection is most commonly associated with antibiotic use. Another common name is pseudomembranous colitis. C diff bacteria is commonly found on items such as floors, bedpans, phones, fingernails, etc. C diff infection causes are use of certain antibiotics. Risk factors for C diff infection include hospitalization, age, and chronic medical conditions. Treatment is generally with another antibiotic.
Colic Doctors have yet to discover the causes of infant colic, described as excessive crying in an otherwise healthy baby. Symptoms and signs include clenching fists, arching the back, reddening of the face, passing gas, belching, and extending the legs. Treatment may involve administering simethicone drops, changing the baby's diet, trying an alternative formula, massaging the infant, rocking and swaddling the infant, and playing relaxing music.
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