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Infant avoiding food intake. What could be wrong? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 14-Mar-2013
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User:Hello Dr.. Good noon..
User:I am XXXX and am having a son who's going to complete one year in a week..
User:My problem is he's not taking food for the past 3-4 days..
User:now having cold..
Doctor:Does he have any problem in breathing?
User:Till now he had never acted like this.. for the last 3 days, whatever we are giving he's just spitting it before tasting also..
Doctor:Is he breathing faster than usual?
Doctor:Refusing food is one of the things that children do when they are ill
User:Sometimes but rest of the time he seems to be breathing normal
User:Oh... Ok..
User:I don't know how to make him eat..:(
Doctor:It is possible XXXX that he is suffering froma respiratory tract infection
Doctor:I would suggest that you consult a paediatrician
Doctor:Antibiotics may be required
Doctor:Once the infection resolves, he'll start eating on his own
User:for the two days I was giving cold medicine (T minic drops)
User:Do you recommend to visit a paediatrician immediately?
Doctor:yes please, take him
Doctor:Till then , keep warm
Doctor:cover from head to toe
Doctor:Keep the room humid and warm
Doctor:You can take a hot plate and put a pan of water on it
User:We went to our native and came back after 4 days (Train travel 6 hrs + 6 hrs) might be due to the sudden change in weather - very cold there, he might become ill..
Doctor:Close the door
Doctor:Yes, its possible
Doctor:Right now, keep him warm and take him to a paediatrician
User:Sure Dr.. But he never want to cover his head that's a big prob
Doctor:make him wear a cap
Doctor:or put a blanket on it
User:I tried all but in vain..
Doctor:or use a muffler and tie it at the back
Doctor:he will not be able to remove it
User:he don't want to wear cap / muffler / even covered with blanket..
Doctor:then keep the room very warm
Doctor:if you are using a heater
User:even if we force, he would cry and pull it out
Doctor:put a hot plate and put a pan of water on it
Doctor:that way the room will remain humid
User:ok Dr.. will try to follow that now...
Doctor:keeping him warm is a must
Doctor:also, continue feeding him
Doctor:give a little quantity,
Doctor:if he accepts it, give some more
User:now he's just taking liquids
Doctor:give him energy dense food then
Doctor:like sooji kheer
Doctor:make it like a liquid
Doctor:something which give enough energy
User:ok Dr...
User:Also my family members had got cold and was trying to cure it asap..
Doctor:let them take steam and tablet cetrizine 10 mg once a day
Doctor:That will make it fne
User:Ok Dr...
User:am having like throat infection and am gargling with Tantum Oral rinse..
User:is it suffice?
Doctor:How long do you have it
User:from yesterday
Doctor:any phlegm production?
Doctor:any fever or chest pain
Doctor:take steam inhalation and tablet cetrizine
Doctor:10 mg once a day
Doctor:If the cough increases or is associated with fever or chest pain, you might need an antibiotic
User:Ok Dr.. will take cetrizine today..and also steaming..
Doctor:That should make it ok
Doctor:But your child needs to see a paediatrician
User:Ok Dr.. we will try to have an appointment with paediatrician asap..
User:if not by today, atleast tmrw..
Doctor:You can raise a request for fixing an appointment on the website
Doctor:the customer care team will fix it for you
User:will try to do Dr..
User:Can I continue with the cold medication for him?
Doctor:triaminic is not be used in children
Doctor:please dont use it
User:T-minic Drops???
Doctor:Dont use it till there is a prescription
Doctor:its a prescription drug
User:Paediatrician had prescribed when he had cold earlier..
User:so we used now..
Doctor:it must have beeen only a cold
Doctor:we could be looking at a more severe infection now
Doctor:triaminic will only relieve the cold
Doctor:not take care of the infection
Doctor:Dont worry
Doctor:He's going to be ok in 2-3 days
Doctor:I just want to be absolutely sure
Doctor:that there is no other problem
User:Ya Dr I understand..
User:becoz we shouldn't take chance in babies..
User:surely will follow your advice..
User:Also he's getting thick yellowish nasal secretion..
Doctor:its possibly an infection
Doctor:just take him to a paediatrician
User:ok Dr.. then we'll try to visit hospital..
User:Sure Dr..
Doctor:till then keep him warm, and keep the room humid
Doctor:you want our customer care team to fix an appointment?
User:No Thanks Dr..
User:we would check and go to our regular paediatrician here..
Doctor:If you keep the room humid, it'll be much better
User:Sure Dr...
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