Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Seths mom | 2012-07-27


Ear infection and oral thrush - refusing to drink

My 10 month old weighs 10kg (but is very tall for his age) He has an ear infection and oral thrush - first time ever!

He is now on antibiotic (ear infection) and Nystacid (for thrush) as well as ponstan suppositories for pain and fever.

He usually drinks nearly 200ml watered down juice and at least 690ml formula during the day and he usually has at least 3 ultra wet nappies by 2pm. Now he wont drink at all and I have been having to use a syringe to give him cold watered down juice (he refuses the formula). It is now 3pm and he has had 2 wet nappies, 1st one wet but second one seemed to have nothing in it!

I am really worried about dehydration - how can I get him to drink more and how much should I try to give every hour to ensure he stays hydrated?

What can I do to help soothe his ear infection as well?

Expert's Reply



Thrush is not usually painful, so the reason why your baby is refusing to drink is not clear.He may have a condition called herpes stomatitis rather than thrush. It would be best to take him to be seen at an after hours paediatric clinic so that he can be re-examined and also checked for possible dehydration.

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