Childhood Diseases

Posted by: D | 2009-07-20



Hi doc

My madam as 3.2kgs at birth. at 10 weeks, on wednesday we took her to the paed because she wasnt eating, he said she has ear infection and gave her amoxil, betnesol and celestamine. She seems to still not be eating that much, she weighs 4.7kgs, and drinks 125mls 5x a day, because she sleeps practically right thru. Now she doesnt always finish her 125mls. anyway, I asked my paed and he seems to be ok with the fact that she has only put on 1.5kgs since birth. She is on NAN1.

So my questions are: can the amoxil cause vomiting, she seems to be getting sick after every bottle now. can it interfere with her appetite? and can it cause cramps? in fact can any of those meds cause cramps. because for the last 5 days my child screams from 12am until 8pm when she goes down for bed time, sleeping fitfully in between?

Also I thought when she is finished her AB, i would put her on Zinplex Junior? what are your thoghts on this.

How much weight should she be gaining and when should I take her back to the paed for her weight issues.

Expert's Reply



The average weight of a girl baby at 10 weeks is 5.25kg. Your baby's weight is on the 25th percentile line of the infant growth chart. Her weight is in the lower 25% of babies of her age but is not of great concern.She seems to be taking enough formula at this stage. The antibiotic and the other medicines can certainly cause vomiting and cramps. I hope that you were informed by the paediatrician that your baby has been given a strong and long lasting cortisone medicine which is the Celestamine. Celestamine also contains an old fashioned antihistamine which makes babies feel tired and unhappy. She was also given cortisone drops in the form of the Betnesol.Please stop all these medicines and give your baby a probiotic such as Reuteri infant drops 1ml daily for 10 days.
Do not give your baby Zinplex now, rather wait until she is 6 months old.
See the paediatrician about her weight when she is 3 months old if you are still concerned.

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Posted by: Moah | 2009-07-21

Hi Doc my baby is 2yrs old and her birth weight was 4kg on the 18/07/09 i took her to the doc and her weight was 14kgs is it normal

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