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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: muffin | 2008/01/15

Q.

sore tummy

my 4 yr old daughter often complains of a sore tummy. she has had blockages before and has been given medicine to drink to clear it out. the thing is, she is not constipated, has regular stools that are not hard at all and certainly not just small amounts. She has weetbix every morning for breakfast and eats fruit. The only problem I can think of is that her water intake is very low, I have to force her to drink water, she usually is just not thirsty. Do you think she could have more blockages, or could it be somthing else? i really worry as I can see she is in pain, but after 10/15 mins she seems fine again. she is on holiday at the moment and not near our normal paediatrician, I have made an appt to see him next week, but in the meantime was wondering if there is anything we can do? thanks

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

A very common problem at this age is a parasite infection called Giardia. This parasite often causes these symptoms. Treatment with Flagyl syrup 100mg 3 times daily for 5 days solves the problem. Speak to your pharmacist.

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