Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Lizelle | 2009-07-03

Q.

gastric infection

My 2 yrs old daughter has been complaining about a sore tummy for some time. Initially thought it was antibiotics she was on for flu, but it continued. then she became constipated, eventually it got worse and she complained even when she drank her tea.
i took her to the hospital for tests on tuesday and found as follows:

she has acute sinusitis, a gastric infection (reflux/ulcer??) and constipation.

my paed said the gastric infection is like an ulcer and reflux and prescribed losec.

i' d like to know how she got this infection as i am sooo worried. he said stress normally in adults result in ulcers etc. and reflux can be common but i thought only babies suffer from reflux.

Is there anything i can do to prevent this from happening again.

i' m stocking up on interflora!!

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Children of 2 years do not have sinuses, so she cannot have sinusitis.She may have enlarged adenoids.She almost certainly does not have a gastric ulcer at her age.Reflux can persist for prolonged periods in young children and this dagnosis is possible but has to be proven by a special test called pH monitoring. If this was not done then this diagnosis cannot be made either. I have no problem with using Losec which is very safe, but it is essential to have a proper diagnosis before it is used in a child of your daughter's age.

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