Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Bonnie | 2010-09-15


16 weeks old baby with diarrhea for 4 days...worried

My 16 week old son has diarrhea which started 3 days ago. He was at the clinic for immunizations 2 days ago and also to the Paediatrician. He is going back there today with mommy.

Basically whenever he feeds, breastfeeding and the bottle, he almost always, immediately gets a bowel movement...the stools are wet and yellow lately, though they started off hard.

We have been giving him water, continuous breastmilk and formula whenever he can take them.

What could the problem be? He is seeign the doctor later this morning.

Expert's Reply



Your little toddler most probably has gastro.This is probably caused by a virus infection. This has been going on for 3 days already. The danger is that he will become dehydrated due to passing diarrhoea stools which result in your son losing lots of water and body salts. It is important to have him seen by a doctor as he is not responding to the very good treatment at home which you have been giving him.

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Posted by: Bonnie | 2010-09-19

Wed 15/09/2010: Paed put him on Multi-Vitamins &  Pro-bio  feeding habits improved 
Sat: Paed put him on Calpol, Buscopan, ORS,
Sat: stool samples sent to lab, awaiting results, in 2-3 days
Sat: immunization against rotavirus confirmed at 6wks, then at 16wks.
Sun: we continue administration of pro-bio, multi-vitamins, Calpol, Buscopan &  ORS and we watching. Still feeding, breast &  formula.

Regards, Bonnie

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Posted by: Purple | 2010-09-15

Stop giving the formula as it could be making things worse. Keep going with the breastmilk as this will keep him hydrated.

Try and give a rehydrate solution as well. Cera light is a rice based one that is very gentle on tummies.

You can give smecta (I think its what its called, ask the pharmacist, its available over the counter), as it firms up the stools.

If he is feeling very miserable, give some panado to help with that.

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