Childhood Diseases

Posted by: SR | 2011/02/08


Stopped drinking

Hi Doc,

I hope you can help. My boy is 10 months old and two weeks ago he had Coxsakie A virus, just before the rash came he stopped eating and drinking - which we all just guessed was cause of the blisters in his mouth. he is now eating again, but he will not drink. He used to have 4 bottles a day of 225ml and a water bottle of 150ml, now he won''t drink any of them except for the night formula bottle and a little bit of water. I am worried, because i know he needs his fluids, what could the problem be? Why all of a sudden will he not drink. I have tried different ways of of drinking - cups, straws, and while he tries them all, he still doesn''t get anything in. Also at the creche he come home each day with only 100ml of milk having been drunk the whole day.

Expert's Reply



Your son has had a very unpleasant and painful illness which caused him to have painful ulcers in his mouth.He has only recently recovered from this. At the time of his illness all foods and drinks caused him to have lots of pain in his mouth. It takes a while before some children are ready to start feeding normally again after this kind of illness.

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Posted by: SR | 2011/02/08

Sorry me again, is it ok for me to drop his moring and afternoon bottle, and just give him breakfast and then a bottle at 10am, lunch at 12pm, fruit and snack at 2/3pm and then supper at 6pm followed by a formula bottle at bedtime? He gets 150ml water bottle a day. He eats well and always finishes his night bottle - none of the others.

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