Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Lerato Rammutla | 2012-06-25


running stomach

my child is 10 months old, every time we give him fumala, his stomach starts running. its been going on for sometime, what could be the cause of it?

Expert's Reply



The most likely cause for your baby's loose stools after drinking her formula is lactose intolerance. This means that she is unable to digest the natural sugar in milk called lactose.This is usually an inherited tendency and so can occur in families. Try her on a soya formla such as Isomil2 and see if this stops her problem with loose stools.

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Posted by: Purple | 2012-06-25

This is one of the risks of formula feeding.

Ensure that you wash your hands thoroughly with clean water and soap before preparing bottles.
Boil the water fresh for each bottle, then let it cool down to the right temperature, and then add the correct number of scoops of formula. (In general its fine to pre-boil the water and fill the bottles, but if your child has a runny tummy, then best to be very strict about it).
Feed the bottle to baby, and then immediately throw away any milk that has been left. You cannot re-feed it to baby later, no matter how quickly you put it in the fridge.

Wash out the bottle and teat in warm soapy water using a proper bottle brush and teat brush.
Then rinse the bottle and teat in cold water that has salt in it as this helps to break down the milk proteins.

Then sterilise the bottle by keeping it in a pot of rapidly boilng water for 5 minutes, or steam sterilising in a special unit or in the microwave or by using a cold water sterilisation method such as Milton. Follow the sterilising instructions exactly.

Don''t take the items out of the sterile conditions until you need to use them.

Make sure hands are washed with soap and water before touching the sterilised bottle, or even better, use sterilse tongs.

If you are already doing all of this, then it might be the formula itself. You might need to change to a different formula or try a lactose free formula.

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