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Little guy with a bloated belly. What could this be?

My 20 month old has had a swollen bloated belly for the last four months. When it started I took him in to his pediatrician because his belly button began poking out and it orginally went in. He told me to watch the bloating and note if it was accompanied by certain foods. Since that day it hasn t gone away his belly is just continuing to grow. He now looks like one of the kids you see in a 3rd world country with the bloated stomach and skinny arms and legs. Then after a case of bronchitis he began throwing up around 4 times a week. We have tried taking him off dairy which did not change the outcome. He has since lost two pounds since March. He went from 22.8 on March 5 down to 20.4 on June 1st. My pediatrician has scheduled an appointment for a month out to see what he does. I however am worried he is beginning to almost claw at his belly and cry. He has done this 4 times in the past month the only suggestion I get when I call is to feed him a bland diet. This doesn t seem to help. What could this be??? And what tests should I ask be done?
Asked On : Thu, 30 Jun 2011
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General Surgeon 's  Response
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firstly he needs an examination from a paediatrician and a surgeon as well to rule out anorectal anomalies and also any subacute intestine obstruction..watch out for the symptoms carefully which can realy help in getting a diagnosis..if he starts throwing up very often take him to your doc immediately..take care
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General & Family Physician Dr. Aashish Raghu's  Response
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There could be many reasons for this kind of picture. Is he passing stools. It's possible there is gas accumulation due to certain food or an intestinal infection due to possibly worms. The pain could be due to intestinal cramps. He needs to get his stool examined for parasites. If you are still breast feeding him, continue doing so. Keep him well hydrated. He would also need an ultrasound to rule out pathology. What kind of diet are you feeding him.
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General Surgeon Dr. Avinash A's  Response
it means that he has got some obstruction..bettet get a xray abdomen and also an ultrasound..thank u
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