Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Concerned | 2010-03-08


Yellow, watery and stinky diarhea

Please help Doc, what could be causing this. He is 19 months old, had diarhea before but nothing like this.
Thank you

Expert's Reply



This sounds like typical toddler's diarrhoea. This is often a reaction to too much fruit and fruit juice in the diet with high levels of natural sugars such as fructose. Stop all fruit and juice for at least 1 week and see how he gets on.

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Posted by: Helen | 2010-07-20

You can mix the Smecta with any other liquid not just water. I add it to Oros and my kids have not even noticed (in a juice bottle is best then they dont see the cloudy colour!). Smecta works fantastically and quickly, it is a permanent part of my medicine chest!

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Posted by: Purple | 2010-03-08

If you are around Cape Town, there is a bug going around at the moment with symptoms just like this. It seems to last around two or three days, but some children are better after just one day. No temperature, but watery yellow diarhea and lots of vomiting.
Keep your child hydrated - if they won''t drink rehydrate then give energade. If they wont have even that, wrap them in a towel so that they can''t fight you off and squirt it in with a syringe.
Give buscopan for cramps and valoid for nausea.

With small children its usually best to visit the doctor when they have diarhea so they can be prescribed something to help clear it up sooner, as dehydration is a serious risk.
There is something over the counter called specta or smecta or somesthng like that that is availbe however, it is a powder that you mix with water and it tastes horrendous, it''s far easier getting 5ml of medicine in via syringe than half a cup of something that tastes like you have licked a clay tennis court.

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