Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Thuto' s Mom | 2009-04-16

Q.

Very Worried

Dear Doctor

My baby is been sick for the whole easter weekend and even now there' s no improvement. He' s puking everything he gets to his mouth. I feed him purity stage 3 (Pears, Apple, Yogurt &  Apple, Yogurt &  Pears,) other fruits i don' t feed becuase i think they are to sour for him and since well he' s got eczema i decided to feed him. He' s not eating any of the purity veggies becuase i prepare for him. On porridge he eat Purity instand Mabele (Vanilla, mix fruit and original) the nurse at clicks clinic where i take him for his immunization told me that i should stop the nestums becuase they have wheat and due to my baby having eczema that might aggrivate it. She also told me not to introduce any yogurt to my baby at this stage.

So now my baby is sitting with only rooibos baby tea, milk nan2, purity porridge mabele, purity fruits and the vegies that i cook for him. now what i' m worried about is that since this easter long weekend started my baby is been vomiting his milk, water everytime he have his feeds. He will also vomit his porridge after his feed in few minutes, not sure if that has to do with teething but i' m very worried. His temparature also varies, at time cool then hot so not sure realy whats happening.

Early this month he had a lip infection, the doctor at medicross told me that is was the eczema that came on his mouth and course an infection. He lip was bleeding and had 2 dotted yellowish sores in his mouth and he was vomit a lot of mucous every after his feed. That doctor giving some antibiotics which realy helped him and some bractoben to put on his lip.

It healed very quickly and he was all fresh and active again, only after his 9 month vaccine and vitamin A drops he started all his puking again and running stomach was just water and soft stool nothing much. I took him to the government clinic this tuesday and the doctor said he can' t see anything as he doesn' t have fever, flu, not bad cough. She checked his ears, throat and tummy and said everything was fine but he doesn' t get better.

I stopped the milk for a day on Monday, and feed him his porridge without milk and he ate without vomiting. I had prepared some solution for him for dehydration, which i gave him and he drinking nicely. Only Tuesday morning he vomitted after i gave him that solutions again and he had never eaten anything then. I did it becuase he was running at night and i thought to replace lost water but he still puked.

Pls help what could be the problem?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

You baby seems to have a gastric infection which is usually caused by a virus infection especially the Rotavirus. Your baby in fact has the typical symtoms of a rotavirus infection. He needs to be seen by a paediatrician and may need to be admitted to hospital for intravenous fluids if he cannot keep any food and fluids down. I suggest that you take him to the emergency department of your nearest hospital which has a paediatric section as soon as possible.

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