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Severe gas in a child. Why is he wheezing with gas problem? Why are they smelling bad?

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MY CHILD IS 2 YR AND 2 MONTHS OLD.THEY ARE FRATERNAL TWINS. THE YOUNGER ONE IS HAVING SEVERE GAS PROBLEM. HIS GAS COMING FROM BELOW IS VERY SMELLY. HOWEVER, HIS STOOL IS GOOD AND NO VOMITING ALSO. HE IS ALSO PASSING GAS FROM HIS MOUTH ALSO. ONE MORE IMP SYMPTOM IS THAT HE IS WHEEZING ALONG WITH THIS GAS PROBLEM.HIS X XXXXXXX WAS DONE,HIS LUNGS ARE CLEAR. PLS TELL IMMEDIATE SOLUTION
Posted Mon, 25 Jun 2012 in Child Health
 
 
Answered by Dr. Taher Kagalwala 54 minutes later
Dear XXXXXXX,

Thank you for this query. I think he is a normal baby ... most normal babies pass gas from both ends! If the baby is on breast-feeds only, the stool may smell of curds. If he is on top-feeds, he may have smellier stools, but still they will be like the smell of curds. Gas expulsion and burping usually occur with or immediately after a feed. If the child is otherwise growing well and has no pain, you do not need to start any medicines. Otherwise, please start him on one of the anti-colic medications available in the market.

As to his respiratory problem, my feeling is that he has a nose block secondary to a viral cold. Try instilling saline nose drops every few hours in each of his nostrils to relieve his breathing difficulty. If a pediatrician has already confirmed that he has a wheeze, he will need administration of antibiotics and treatment of his wheeze with bronchial dilating medicines under the guidance of the pediatrician.

With best wishes,

Dr. Taher Kagalwala
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