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Small child, loose motions, dehydration, nausea. How to control loose stools?

Hello doctor My baby is 18 months old and she was sick on Friday night and Saturday mrng. She also had loose motions. Since she wasn t drinking much water she was taken to hospital. There doctor gave her antibiotics . Her sickness has stopped completely but loose motions have increased. Can you pls suggest what can I do to get the loose motion under control?
Asked On : Fri, 18 Jan 2013
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Pediatrician, Neonatology 's  Response
Hi payal,
The lose motions are because of viral infection.They do not respond to antibiotics.You have o take care of the hydration of the child by giving enough water and oral electrolytes like must the check whether the child is passing adequate urine as usual and active which suggest that hydration is gooid.By 4-5 days he will improve. Goodluck
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Pediatrician Dr. Diana Divakar's  Response
Hi Mrs. Payal,
Thankyou for posting your query on and giving us this opportunity to clarify your doubts.
Well, from what you say, sounds like your daughter had a viral diarrhoea, which subsided symptomatically with the antibiotics. But what the antibiotics do, is that they kill the good bacteria in our gut(stomach and intestines), which normally help us in digesting particular foods. Due to the absence of these bacteria and also due to prolonged sickness, our gut wall becomes unprotected and lacks certain good bacteria and enzymes.
This bacterial flora can be replaced with what is called the probiotics. The best home made probiotic is curds. Allow her to eat curd rice or curds in any form she likes. Kindly give no medicines to stop the loose stools. Once the gut heals, the loose stools will stop by itself. Meanwhile, maintain her hydration very well. Try giving her ORS. You have to dissolve 1 packet of ORS in 1 litre of boiled and cooled water and give her sip by sip throughout the day. One litre water to be used within one day, discard the rest, if remaining.
Hope your daughter will get better fast and these measures that i have told you, will help you to keep her healthy. Take care and stay healthy.
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Pediatrician Dr. E Venkata Ramana's  Response
Feb 2013
Thank you for your query,
Loose motions are due to Gastroenteritis and it will take time to decrease. In mean time you should maintain the hydration of the child by giving sips of oral rehydrating solutions like Pedialyte,coconut water, lemon water.
Probiotic and zinc supplementation is required to increase gut immunity.
Consult your Pediatrician in loose motions are continuing or dehydration is there.
Hope i have answered your query.
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Pediatrician Dr. Synthyia Bhagat's  Response
Thanks for your query.
Gastroenteritis takes few days to settle.
I suggest you to give her oral rehydration solution after every loose stools.give coconut water,curd,banana,boiled potato .khichdi.
Also give her lactobaccilus sachet for 3 to 4 days,

Your baby will be fine,
God blesss.
Answered: Fri, 18 Jan 2013
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