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2 month old with gas problems, whitish stools and constipation. Worm infestation?

my 2 month old has severe gas and is ill and he has white chunk looking stuff in his stool he s very constipated I was thinking worms so I took a sample sealed it in a plastic clear container and it looks like there is thin hair thick spiderweb looking lines on the inside of the plastic container walls climbing all over the place like ivy what is this
Asked On : Mon, 1 Apr 2013
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Pediatrician 's  Response
Thanks for your query.

Gas (flatulence) is very common in young babies & can be minimized by adequate burping .

Swallowed air is the most common cause of gas in the stomach and is the major reason for burping or belching. Other causes include incomplete break-down of food or milk & Gastrointestinal infection.

Gas producing foods like Broccoli ,Cabbage ,Brussels ,Beans, legumes and Cauliflower etc should be avoided by lactating mother.

White chunk looking stuff is most likely mucus & is associated with constipation. Though stool freq can vary widely in young babies true constipation is very uncommon.

Appearance of stool in babies varies widely & worm infestation is very unlikely at this age.

In any case stool examination will clarify.

Hope you find the information useful.

Answered: Mon, 1 Apr 2013
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Pediatrician Dr. E Venkata Ramana's  Response
Feb 2013

Thank you for your query on Healthcare Magic.

Worm infestation is very uncommon in infants.

This may be mucus streak which is appearing like a worm.

Gas problems is common and it can be treated by giving oral drops like neopeptine by the prescription from your doctor.

Two months old child may pass stool once in 2 to 3 days and it is not considered constipation.

If you have a concern regarding the stool, give this stool sample for routine and microscopic examination.

Hope I have answered your query.

Answered: Tue, 2 Apr 2013
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