Childhood Diseases

Posted by: NICOLE | 2009-09-18



Hi Doc, i' m very worried about my 4 month old who started having diarrhoea on 10/09 - had no dehydration, taking feeds well, active baby , not teething, fontanelle not sunken . Took him to Paediatrician - was put on Reutri (probiotic), Ceralyte (ORS), did not subside , changed to NAN Lactose free and put on Questran (500mg 6hrly) on second visit even gained 200grams from seeing doc on 12 /09 to the 15/09 on second visit ( 5.8Kg)Did not take to well to Nan Lactose free - was just drinking about 3 bottles a day - called his doc yesterday said to put him back on Nan 1 but today he still only drinking 50 mls at a time , still continuing with ORS and Questran , stool still frequent ( 6 times a day) but not so watery and mucousy although yellow and still slightly runny. Please advise as its been a week now and his buttocks are so sore using anethaine cream to numb rectum (prescribed by his doc)

Expert's Reply



One thing is clear here and that is that your baby's diarrhoea started quite suddenly. He was not ill at the time and has not vomited, just had diarrhoea. Also he did not become dehydrated. It seems unlikely that his diarrhoea was caused by an infection even though his illness started suddenly.Did your paediatrician send a stool for laboratory testing? Your baby may have developed a lactose intolerance. He appeared to benefit from being on the lactose free formula. Of concern is that despite the Questran and electrolytes his stools are still very frequent and loose to watery.I suspect that he has a lactose intolerance but cannot explain why he had such a sudden onset of symptoms. Try him on a soya formula such as Isomil.

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Posted by: Lynn | 2009-10-08

Hi doc, Worried about my 4 month baby,had no dehydration, taking feeds well, active baby,not teething and fontanelle not sunken, the thing that is worring is that his poop is green. what should i do?

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