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Infant with occult blood in stool, Zinc suspension - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hello Doctor, My 3 month old baby boy is having loose motions since yesterday. A stool examination revealed occult blood.Pus cells 2-3 hpf, erythrocytes 6-8 hpf. The doctor prescribed Z&D zinc dry powder suspension.Is this sufficient to control loose motion? Can I feed him Electrolyte?
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hello Doctor
Doctor :   How many episodes of loose stool did he have today?
User :   After each feed he has been having loose motions. Probably 7 times
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Is he having other symptoms such as vomiting or fever?
User :   He had fever yesterday.Then it subsided on its own. No vomiting
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Is he actively playing or is he irritable?
Doctor :   Is he feeding well without any problem?
Doctor :   Is he passing urine normally?
User :   He is also having a nappy rash and its painfuk for him. The doctor has prescribed Lycor ointment and asked us the apply petroleum gelly vaseline on the affected areas
User :   He has been feeding ok. Urine is slightly less compared to other days.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me explain to you.
Doctor :   The stool report is insignificant except for the presence of small amounts of blood.
User :   Ok
Doctor :   This can happen during repeated episodes of loose stools.
Doctor :   The zinc suspension is routinely used to improve body resistance.
Doctor :   However in a infants, more than the infection, its dehydration that is more important.
Doctor :   Hence you need to keep your son well hydrated with proper fluids.
Doctor :   If he is feeding well, breast milk should take care of the hydration,
Doctor :   however if you feel that he is not feeding well or if you feel that he is getting dehydrated
User :   He has always been on formula feed. I could not breast feed him.How do I take care of the hydration
Doctor :   you may start of with electrolytes and oral fluid supplements.
Doctor :   By hydration, I meant replacing fluid lost via loose stools.
User :   Ok. Got it. What oral supplements can I feed him?
Doctor :   Since he is just 3 months of age now, any oral supplement that you give may not be well tolerated.
User :   Ok
Doctor :   you can give simple water mixed with a pinch of salt and some sugar.
User :   What about electrolyte?
Doctor :   Pinch of salt and sugar in a glass of water is almost equal to electrolyte powder mixed in the same quantity.
Doctor :   Continue with his usual feed.
Doctor :   Watch out for some symptoms such as
User :   How much quantity of this mixture should be fed?
Doctor :   refusal to feed, drowsiness, irritability,. sunken eyeballs, persistent vomiting, dry skin, absence of tears, dry tongue, inability to pass urine.
Doctor :   These are signs of dehydration that you need to watch out for.
Doctor :   Get back to your doctor if these symptoms appear.
Doctor :   And as far as how much to feed.
Doctor :   You may give him 5-10ml of the constituted water for every loose stools he takes.
Doctor :   Alternatively you can feed him as much he tolerates.
Doctor :   Nature has designed that your son will ask for more if he is getting dehydrated.
Doctor :   So no need to worry.
User :   Thank you, Doctor.
Doctor :   The loose stool is expected to improve
Doctor :   in a few days.
Doctor :   Keep the area clean and dry.
Doctor :   Keep the diapers changed as and when he passes stools
User :   Ok. Should I get a stool culture done?
Doctor :   to prevent rashes from increasing.
User :   Ok
Doctor :   If loose stools persists or if he develops other symptoms such as recurrent vomiting, fever report back to your doctor
Doctor :   who may then suggest the stool culture test.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   Yes, Doctor. Thank you very much
Doctor :   My pleasure.
User :   Have a great day!
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Bye for now.
User :   Bye
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