Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Anni | 2012-03-08

Q.

Oily poo

Hello, my 7 month old daughter sometimes gets constited...she has recently started on solids...her caregiver insist on giving her milk of magnesia and gripe water and always assumes that a bit of warmth on her head means she is getting sick...and the Calpol is given. In my opinion, I feel she is over medicating the baby during day as she is being over cautious...but being older etc, I am uneasy to tell her how to look after a baby. My child was making hard stools, quite dry...yesterday, I changed her soiled nappy and found that even though the poo was hard, it was oily. I am not sure if this is normal. I am afraid that maybe she is being given castor oil or so....is this dangerous for her? Should I intervene?

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

Yes, I agree with you your baby has either been given castor oil or liquid paraffin. Your baby should not have either of these treatments and not milk of magnesia either.So tell her caregiver not to give her any of these. Instead you need to find out why she is so constipated at her young age.If she is on a formula this should be changed to Lactogen2.

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Posted by: Purple | 2012-03-09

The caregiver sounds incompetent. The caregiver is meant to follow your instructions, and it is illegal for her to give any medicine without your express permission.

I suggest you find yourself another, more competent caregiver (someone a little more up to date with modern child care practice might be better), and then report the current one to the department of social services.

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