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Loose motions, infant - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi,
User :   Hello....My 7 months old son is suffering from loose motion...can you plz suggest smthng..
User :   we are going to see a doctor tomorrow but what steps tobe taken now.....
Doctor :   Since when does he have loose stools ?
Doctor :   Are you there ?
User :   since from morning.....
Doctor :   Ok, is the baby playful ?
User :   yes...
User :   10 times he has passed stool...
Doctor :   ok, the main problem in the babies with loose motion is dehydration , you do have to be careful and prevent the same
User :   ok...
User :   how we can prevent this ?
Doctor :   10 episodes of loose stools can cause mild dehydration in babies of 5 to 8 months old
Doctor :   Do give him plenty of fluids in the form of ORS solution , juices mixed with sugar and salt
Doctor :   Avoid hard and spicy foods
Doctor :   And don give the fluids every hour til the loose stools stop.
Doctor :   do give the fluids*
User :   ok
Doctor :   Also give him tender coconut water or butter milk
Doctor :   giving fluids will suffice , this will prevent the dehydration which is much expected complication in loose stools
User :   how abt formula milk or only breast feeding ?
Doctor :   Tomorrow when you visit the doctor he may examine the baby and put him on the antibiotics till then the fluids will take care of him
User :   and how much liquid amount every hour...
Doctor :   No , avoid formula feeding .. Do restrict to breast milk and the fluids only
Doctor :   For a 7 month old you can give 50 to 75 ml per every hour
User :   ok and last three stools were black stools..
Doctor :   Black stools indicate that there is a possible bleeding in the upper GI , may be the stomach or intestines. A pediatrician consultation is a must
Doctor :   could be of infective origin where bleeding ulcers might have occured
User :   ok..we will consult with pediatrician tomorrow...anying to be taken care tonight...
User :   anything else*
Doctor :   Avoid hard and spicy foods and plenty of fluids
Doctor :   Do not give any medications
Doctor :   till you consult the doctor
User :   ok...thanks a lot !! have a good night !!
Doctor :   You are welcome
Doctor :   take care
Doctor :   Wish him good health
User :   Thanks!!
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