Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Karien O''Kennedy | 2011/07/30

Q.

Periactin

My 15 month old boy is failure to thrive. He weighs 8.8 kg''s and is below the 3rd percentile. I give him periactin to stimulate his appetite. Currently he is on 1 mg on the morning and 1 mg at night. Can I increase he dose? He does not eat solids due to oral aversion most probably as a result of intubation after open heart surgery.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Periactin is not usually recommended for children under 2 years of age.The dose for a child of 2 years is 2mg twice daily.Many children do not like to eat coarse food at this age. It would be best to rather give your baby son well pureed/mashed foods until he seems to be ready to try coarser foods. You can try to give him coarser foods from time to time and then only one new food each time.

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