Childhood Diseases

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Posted by: D | 2009/10/12

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Tummy problems

Hi Doc

My almost 14th month son has been suffering from a running tummy since last sunday, its only really when he eats, well for the first week, the last couple of days its been early hours in the morning and then whenever he eats something. If I feed him say 7pm he wont make until the next morning past two days have been 3am and 5am respectively and then whenever he eats.
Its yellow mustard in colour and rather moist. I phoned the peadiatrician on last Tuesday who told me to monitor him for 5 days or rather let her know by friday, she told me to feed him as normal, give him lots of Liquids, give him reuteri drops, rehidrate whenever he makes, and Zinplex.
She hasnt returned my call since friday so I took him to a GP on Saturday and he told me to take him off all dairy products and said its possible the combination of Formula and cows milk could be a problem, but of the course the paediatrician never mentioned this to me as he was doing fine on both.
Since Late Saturday afternoon, he has been on cerelac porridge, toast and lots of liquids (water, rehidrate, apple juice), pectrolyte(to bind) every 4 hours and reuteri drops. So far since supper(cerelac) about 7:30pm, he made this morning at 5am and then again at 9am. i phoned the Gp and he said to continue till tomorrow. My son has had no fevers, in actual fact he is rather happy and quite active. GP said he had no infection, but he is rather teething quite badly. He has has a runny nose, was a little green, but clear recently, and sometimes on the odd occassion has coughed but nothing too serious, has vomitted about twice since the tummy problems started, has made on average 4-5 dirty diapers, normal is 2-3(3 is dependant on teething.
Your advice would be most appreciated, let me know if I am doing it right? Sorry for the long grannies story, thought it would be more beneficial if I gave you all the info.

Thanks for the time taken to respond

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

It is a good idea to keep your baby off all dairy products after his recent diarrhoea problem. It is common for babies to develop a temporary lactose intolerance. Stop the Cerelac as it contains milk and do not give him any other dairy products for at least 10 days. He can use a soya milk in the meantime. The soya milk in cartons is fine to use.

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Posted by: D | 2009/10/12

Before I forget he normally has 200mls S26 in the morning 7am, then 10:30am cerelac, then 12pm milo with cows milk, then about 2-3pm whatevers for lunch, 4-5pm yoghurt, water throughout the day, supper 7-8pm and 200mls S26 10-10:30pm before bed and should he wake up in early hours, he has water.

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Posted by: D | 2009/10/12

Before I forget he normally has 200mls S26 in the morning 7am, then 10:30am cerelac, then 12pm milo with cows milk, then about 2-3pm whatevers for lunch, 4-5pm yoghurt, water throughout the day, supper 7-8pm and 200mls S26 10-10:30pm before bed and should he wake up in early hours, he has water.

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