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Child and infant recovering from fever. Lost weight and not gaining weight. - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 12-Jun-2013
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User:Hello Doctor
User:My kids (daughter and son) are suffering from fever since last week
User:Daughter has fever since last Tuesday.
User:We took her to Pedia and the fever is like goes and comes again.
User:In the meantime my son (8 month old) also got the fever
User:We are giving calpol and Augmentine to he is better since today morning
User:And he has lost a lot of weight
User:Could you please let me know what food do we need to give the baby
User:he is 8 months and 5 days old and currently weighs 7.1 kg
Doctor:Do you mean the 8 month
Doctor:You can give easily digestible
Doctor:like fruit puree, daliya
Doctor:dal water
User:what is the ideal weight for 8 month old
Doctor:7 to 8 kg
Doctor:is ideal
User:how long does it take for a baby to gain 2 kg?
Doctor:Who prescribed augmention
User:His pediatrician
User:Can we give biscuits and bread?
Doctor:Ok fine then
Doctor:Bread is fine
Doctor:white one
User:how long does it take for a baby to gain 2 kg?
Doctor:It is highly variable and no time limits
User:oh ok
User:is it normal for a baby to suffer from fever for almost a week now?
User:and one more thing how to prepare fruit puree?
Doctor:Boil the XXXXXXX peel it and mixie it
Doctor:Yeah sometimes they suffer over a week
Doctor:hydration is very important
Doctor:give him enough fluids, pedialyte etc
User:I still have few queries if you dont mind
Doctor:pl go ahead
Doctor:I am ready to answer
User:I'm planning to introduce formula milk to him however he diesnt like it friend said that giving extra milk/formula will increase the baby weight
User:is that true
Doctor:It is not complete
Doctor:Extra milk or formula has added sugars
Doctor:and sugars contribute to the weight of the baby
Doctor:but the other message to be taken is baby would like to taste different and like them, they feed on them more
Doctor:and so more intake leads to weight gain
User:if i continue to give him formula, i guess he might like it, am I correct?
Doctor:Yes you need to try different flavors too
User:ok.....will the white bread increases weight gain as well?
Doctor:It is simple sugar
User:Giving Augmentin is advised?
User:I meant the antibiotic that we are currently giving the baby
Doctor:It is purely a technical decision by doctor after examining the baby
Doctor:If there is a need he should prescribe it and so he did
User:I understand...How ever just wanted to see if there are any pro/con of this medicine
Doctor:Not majore
Doctor:If the benefits are more than the risks then only the doctor prescribes last thing
User:what fruits and veggies can I add to my son's diet
Doctor:Add slowly , XXXXXXX pear, grapes, peach, sapota
Doctor:Potato, sweet potato
User:ok...thanks a lot Doctor :)
Doctor:Hope this session is useful
Doctor:All the best
Doctor:Bye for now
Doctor:Are you there
User:I'll follow the suggestions. Thanks
User:Bye now
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