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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi, may I answer your health quer
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hi Doc
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   My son is 6months old
Doctor :   Ok
User :   he is getting loose stools
Doctor :   Ok
User :   from morning he went for 5 to 6 time
User :   please sugget
Doctor :   Since when is he having he loose stools?
Doctor :   Is the stool completely watery?
User :   stool is in grren and blackish
Doctor :   Do you find blood in the stools?
User :   yes..from last night
User :   no blood
Doctor :   Is he having fever?
User :   little solid particles in th fever
Doctor :   Is he passing urine normally?
User :   yes he is passing urine fine
User :   and also diapher part became redish
Doctor :   Is he vomiting along with the loose stools?
User :   no vomitings
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me explain to you.
User :   having cold
Doctor :   Your son is having features of gastroenteritis.
Doctor :   It is probably viral in nature.
Doctor :   Most often such conditions are self limiting, and subside on its own in a day or two.
User :   ok. do i need to take in immd medicine for this to control stools
Doctor :   However persistent loose stools can lead to dehydration which is a potentially dangerous concern.
Doctor :   Hence oral rehydration therapy is very essential.
Doctor :   You can get ORS powders from any local pharmacy.
User :   in home we had pedialyte
Doctor :   You can dissolve them in a 100ml of water and keep giving him very frequently.
User :   shell we give that to baby
User :   is that fine
Doctor :   Yes,
Doctor :   you can give them.
Doctor :   Keep giving it - 100ml every time he passes stools.
User :   how much ml we can for one time ..can we feed with little warm
Doctor :   Watch out for signs of dehydration.
User :   ok
Doctor :   such as reduced urination, reduction in the quantity of tears, dryness of mouth, sunken eyelids, drowsiness.
Doctor :   Along with these features, if he develops fever,
Doctor :   you need to seek medical attention at the earliest.
Doctor :   As far as how much to give, give him as much he is tolerating.
Doctor :   And its necessary that you give him atleast 100mg per every loose stool he passes.
Doctor :   Symptoms will usually resolve in a few days.
Doctor :   The redness is due to diaper rash, secondary to loose stool
Doctor :   The measures that you need are as follows
Doctor :   1. Remove the diaper and keep the area clean and dry.
Doctor :   Do not cover them with diaper.
Doctor :   fresh air make healing faster.
Doctor :   2. Clean off any moisture if present, and make sure that the area is dry.
Doctor :   3. If the redness is severe, then you can apply local antifungal creams such as lotrimin creams once or twice a day for 2-3 days.
Doctor :   4. If you find skin peeling or swelling on the affected region, there are chances of secondary infection,
Doctor :   in those cases you need to see a doctor.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   yes iam following ..iam making notes
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   do we need to take any food
User :   and also he is having cough and cold
Doctor :   You need to start off weaning foods as he reaches the age of 6 years.
Doctor :   Mashed food products such as mashed potatoes, dhal rice, mashed egg, fish can be tried.
Doctor :   Do not try them all at a time.
User :   okay ..can we feed ghee foods
Doctor :   Start of with a single diet, watch if he is tolerating them well,
Doctor :   and slowly add other food products over a period of time.
Doctor :   Small amounts of ghee can be used, but if he is not tolerating them, you need to stop them off.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   yes doctor iam following
User :   actually he moved from ... a week back
Doctor :   Ok
User :   here the climate is very cold and not going outside
Doctor :   Ok
User :   he is staying inside the room temp with heater
User :   will that fine
User :   ?
Doctor :   That should not be a concern.
Doctor :   Do not higher the temperature above 36 degree.
Doctor :   36 deg centrigrade I mean
User :   ok gastro problem will control in how many approx for baby
User :   i noted
Doctor :   It is expected to subside in a day or two.
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
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