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Giardia lamblia, 2 years - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Our 2 year old daughter had a stool sample taken and the results indicated she had giardia lamblia (++). She does not have any symptoms and is seemingly well (i.e. good appetite, happy, energetic, normal stools including odour, etc.). Given she has no symptoms what would be your recommended treatment?
Doctor :   hello
Doctor :   i am
User :   Hell0
User :   I am hoping you can assist with our query.
Doctor :   sure
Doctor :   i am going thru it
Doctor :   so she has no symptoms what so ever ?
User :   No none that we can determine.
Doctor :   ok
User :   It just showed up in a stool test - which surprised us.
Doctor :   well usually we do give anti microbial treatment in symptomatic patients only
Doctor :   also avoid lactose containing food
User :   So as she has no symptoms at this time you would not treat her? Will it just go away?
User :   Why lactose food?
Doctor :   tinidazole and nitazoxanid are the medications that will be prescribed BUT only in symptomatic patients
Doctor :   lactose can irritate the gastric mucosa esp in giardiasis
Doctor :   right now you have to do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING
Doctor :   juat make sure she is well hydrated
User :   As she is two - would she be able to take tinidazole in the event that she become symptomatic? I was of the understanding that it could only be taken at 3+ years? Flagyl has been prescribed where we live but we know it would be difficult to get our daughter to take it because of the after taste.
User :   We are happy to do absolutely nothing.
Doctor :   well i hope she DOES NOT get the symptoms
Doctor :   and if she does then yes tinidazole suspension can be given BUT only after medical supervision from her pediatrician
User :   Thanks for your help!
Doctor :   yoru most welcome
Doctor :   your**
Doctor :   take care
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