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Lack of appetite, loose stools and nasal congestion in children - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   My kid 1 year old, had light congestion for the past 1 week
Doctor :   Ok
User :   But he is active and takes all the intake
Doctor :   Ok
User :   We have been noticing some bad smell in his mouth and bad smell when passes the gas
Doctor :   Ok
User :   Now looks like he has lost his apatite
Doctor :   Ok
User :   Does not like to eat like what he used to eat three days back
User :   He is bottle fed and used to enjoy it
User :   But now he is not showing much interest
User :   and een when we try to give any food he seem to be not showing interests to eat that
User :   But he actriv
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Is he running fever?
User :   Why is his moth smeling bad?
User :   no fever
Doctor :   Is he vomiting?
User :   no
Doctor :   Is he passing loose stools?
User :   yes!
User :   But occasiannly
User :   Color is white
Doctor :   How many episodes of loose stools is happening in a day and since when?
User :   He normally goes two times a day
Doctor :   Ok
User :   First we notice hard stools and followed by loose stools
User :   Color is white
Doctor :   Ok
User :   Stool is not too watery
Doctor :   Have you seen a doctor for this current problems?
User :   Not not yet
User :   Today being Sunday
Doctor :   Is he on any medications?
User :   Doctors are not available in nursing homes
User :   We had given him Relent couple of times 2 days back
User :   After that nothing
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me brief you.
User :   But we are giving hi Honitus - Ayurvedic medivine
Doctor :   Foul smelling mouth odour can occur due to oro nasal infection secondary to nasal congestion.
User :   ok
Doctor :   They can also occur due to gastric pathologies when there is no proper digestion of food.
Doctor :   Since there are no associated symptoms such as fever, vomiting, abdominal pain or loose stools(watery stools and frequent stools) and he is active,
Doctor :   I do not consider this as a major concern.
User :   but he has reduced his intake
User :   He passes smelly gas
Doctor :   Let me suggest you few measures that should help
User :   k
Doctor :   1. Continue with the measures for nasal congestion as suggested
User :   In fact he does not have nasal congetion, but occasially has cough that to not too long. He sleeps well in the night
Doctor :   2. Watch out for any food products that is leading to intolerances, food such as dhal, milk, egg and so on,
Doctor :   If you find if there are any products that are causing intolerance, you may have to avoid them
Doctor :   3. Deworming medications may be needed.
User :   ok
Doctor :   4. Watch out for few symptoms , that indicate presence of infections such as foul smelling nasal discharge, fever, abdominal pain, excessive crying, vomiting or frequent loose stools.
Doctor :   Apart from this he will also need an oronasal examination to look for any source of infection in the mouth, that may be causing the
User :   U mean foul smelling of the nasal discharge?
Doctor :   foul smelling mouth odour.
Doctor :   Yes,
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   Yes
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   Do you want to sggest any medications to improve his apetatie?
Doctor :   Lack of appetite in a young kid can occur due to multiple causes.
Doctor :   1. Worm infestation
Doctor :   2. Presence of anaemia
Doctor :   3. Abdominal problems such as food intolerance
Doctor :   4. Any other infections
Doctor :   5. Behavioural changes.
Doctor :   Since, I am unable to visually examine your kid, I cannot predict, which of these are causing the reduced appetite.
User :   ok
Doctor :   One can consider deworming pills as an effective means of increasing appetite, however, I would suggest you to get an physical examination to look for other possible causes too.
User :   ok
User :   ok thanks doctor
Doctor :   Since, I am unable to perform the physical examination, my suggestions are you try those medications after consulting a pediatrician.
User :   ok
User :   thanks
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   yes
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   no thanks
User :   thaks for yout time
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me. Bye for now.
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