Childhood Diseases

Posted by: concern mom | 2012/11/08



a baby boy of 41 months taking the rifampicin 60 for tuberculosis
it is okay to give him vitamins to boost his immune system and appetite.he doesnt eat good he wants only weet bix for the whole day,little of water and juice.i am worried about his weight as well his in 13kg is that normal for his age doc and what can i give him that he will enjoy.

Expert's Reply



The average weight for a boy of 41 months is 15.3kg. Your son's weight of 13kg is in the lowest 10% for boys of his age,so he is considerably underweight. His appetite is very poor and his diet of Weetbix and a little water and juice is insufficient for him. The problem is that both TB itself as well as Rifampicin can cause a loss of appetite. I am also concerned about your son. I recommend that it is necessary to take him back to the doctor who prescribed the Rifampicin. A decision needs to be made about a possible change in treatment. Also a decision is needed regarding your son's poor appetite and growth. Vitamins alone will not solve this problem.

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