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What causes fever, and farting in children? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 09-Apr-2014
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User:My seven yr old son has fever, he is farting and they stink and when I touch his stomach I can feel everything moving
Doctor:Hi,
Let me read your query for few minutes to be able to have a good discussion here.
Doctor:Have you recorded the temperature?
Doctor:Did he vomit as well?
Doctor:How is his general activity?
Doctor:Is he lethargic or moving around actively?
User:He did vomit 5 times today
Doctor:oh, that is not a good sign
User:He has been on the couch the entire day
Doctor:I think you must take him ER at the earliest
User:Why?
Doctor:It seems like there is gastrointestinal infection
User:Can it be a stomach flu?
Doctor:yes, most possibly
Doctor:He has been vomiting, general activity is not so good
Doctor:Foul smelling stools
Doctor:Lots of stomach gurgling and peristalsis makes it very likely for an intestinal infection to be possible
User:He is sleep. I thought stomach flu is not an emergency so they can't provide medicine
Doctor:He needs an examination by a pediatrician and needs to be treated accordingly
User:So can I provide him with something tonight and that him to his regular doctor tomorrow
Doctor:Sure, you could do that
Doctor:Let me suggest you what needs to be done
User:Ok
Doctor:Just one thing, is he having stomach cramps or crying excessively
Doctor:Give him symptomatic treatment overnight like Panadol or acetaminophen syrup for fever
User:He has cramps is not crying a lot only when it hurts a lot
Doctor:You could give you anti-spasmodic syrup if you have at home like Dicyclomine - do you have one?
Doctor:together with this, give him oral rehydration solution with any electrolyte powder that you may have
User:Am going to the pharmacy
Doctor:Monitor him until morning so that you could go to regular doctor tomorrow
User:What do I need to buy
Doctor:Great
Doctor:Ask for Acetaminophen syrup
Doctor:Any anti-spamodic that would contain dicyclomine
User:Am also need to buy a thermometer
Doctor:And electral or oral rehydration salt or powder
Doctor:Sure, you could buy one if you do not have one already
User:The pharmacy is close I need to buy things over the counter
User:My broke
Doctor:Yes, these are all available over the counter
User:What's the regular tempatute
Doctor:Try getting them
Doctor:37 degree centigrade
User:I have been giving him Gatorade
User:Is that bad
Doctor:Gatorade is a energy drink for adults
Doctor:I do not recommend it for infants and kids
User:Oh ok
User:Do u recommend for him to stay home tomorrow
Doctor:Yes, definitely
Doctor:Lots of rest and lots of liquids orally too to replenish the water and electrolytes
Doctor:Give him plenty of fresh fruit juices
Doctor:plain water as well
User:I thought water was not good for stomach flu
Doctor:no, it is always good
User:Ok so what kind of juices
Doctor:fresh orange juice
Doctor:mild lemon juice
Doctor:apply juice as well
User:Sprite?
Doctor:No
Doctor:Do not give sprite
User:What about food he is not eating
Doctor:Give him light bland liquid to semi solid foods like
Doctor:plain milk and corn flakes
Doctor:rice porridge
User:Milk?
Doctor:easy to digest,light food would be smooth on his intestines
Doctor:Yes, milk definitely is good for him n
Doctor:now*
User:Can I give him pedisure
Doctor:yes, go ahead, no harm in it
User:Ok am here in the kids department and I can't find the stomach medicine
Doctor:ask for antispasmodics like cyclopam or colicaid
Doctor:Did you get one now?
User:No
User:What about culturelle?
Doctor:Yes, that should be fine
User:But it only has lactobacillus gg?
Doctor:Yes, it would give the intestines some nutrition now
User:But what about the cramps
Doctor:Panadol or Acetaminophen can take care of spasm if any
Doctor:So not to worry if you do not get any anti-spasmodic
Doctor:wish you son a speedy recovery
Doctor:Thanks for visiting me here. Bye for now.
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