Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Cat | 2010-07-12

Q.

LACTOSE INTOLERANT

My 3yr old daughter is constantly complaining about stomach cramps I did take her to my GP (3 months ago) and he suggested that it might be a bacterial inbalance and prescribed " probiflora"  I then also changed her milk to " Parmalat EasyGest-lactose free"  just to see if she might be lactose intolerant, it did go good for a while but now she started complaining again (past month) eventhough she does not drink anyother milk than the " easyGest" ... she also doesnt have other symptoms except for stomach cramps... do I need to start with the " probiflora"  again and for how long can she use it for? Or what do Dr think can cause the cramps. Overall she''s a healthy, happy, active little girl, except for a blocked nose (lots of mucus) which she struggling with now for the past few months but she is in a nursery school so I think that''s where she gets it from, I do use Salin for that as well.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

In children of this age there are two important causes to consider. Your daughter has a blocked nose and she may have a post nasal drip and it is the mucous from her nose which is running down and being swallowed and is irritating her stomach. Children with post nasal drips often complain of tummy aches in the mornings. Another possibility with your daughter who is at a nursery school is a parasite infection with a parasite called GIARDIA. You should continue to use the Salex nose drops twice daily to keep her nose clear and also ask your GP to prescribe Flagyl syrup for 5 days in case she has a giardia infection.

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