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Loose stools in infant due to medicine overdose - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi,
User :   Hello Doctor
User :   This is regarding my 1 yr old baby
Doctor :   Yes, please proceed
User :   He had sever constipation, then my PED prescribed 'milk of magnesia' for 7 days. We gave him that and he kept passing stools 4 times a day
User :   I thnk he has lost weight he looks very lean
User :   should i continue as the PED as advised us to continue for the next 7 days
Doctor :   No , stop it immediately
User :   ok
Doctor :   and give good amount of fluids to the baby
User :   like juices?
User :   what diet should i give him
Doctor :   like butter milk , tender coconut , ORS , fruit juices with sugar or glucose in it
User :   is buttermilk ok?
Doctor :   also if the loose stools do not stop give fiber supplements like half spoon of Isobgol mixed in a glass of milk
Doctor :   yes, butter milk ( very dilute ) is ok
User :   ok
User :   what should i give in his diet for brkfast, lunch, snacks and dinner
Doctor :   anything which is not spicy will do
Doctor :   better involve mashed vegetables and fruits
User :   is curd rice ok for lunch?
Doctor :   yes, if it is made soft / mashed
User :   yes
Doctor :   i repeat give him good amount of fluids
User :   apart from spicy are there any foods i need to avoid
User :   do i need to avoid apples?
Doctor :   yes, avoid , banana, papaya and nonveg food
Doctor :   apples are ok
User :   hope apples wnt cause constipation
Doctor :   aim is to stop loose stools which is dangerous than constipation
Doctor :   where the baby can loose water and electrolytes
Doctor :   once the baby looks well hydrated and passes clear urine then you can avoid giving fiber food
User :   ok
User :   once he is fine..what foods can i give to build his weight again
Doctor :   once you stop milk of magnesia the problem will get corrected half
Doctor :   yes, to build his weight give him protinacious food like malt made of grounded cereals and pulses , egg ,milk products etc
User :   ok and how milk can i give him in a day?
Doctor :   also feed him dry fruits like pista , dates , cashew soaked for 3 to 4 hours in milk
User :   ok
Doctor :   the quantity of milk is not restricted , it should supplement the other foods but not become the main diet
User :   before the constipation incident...i was giving him close to 400 ml per day
Doctor :   that is fine , milk do not affect the bowel movements
User :   ok
User :   just to right now i need to give him lots of juices, fruits & vegetables
Doctor :   yes, and stop milk of magnesia
User :   yes...jst for my information when is this milk of magnesia given?
Doctor :   its in the night , not specific
User :   ok
User :   many thanks for your advice
Doctor :   you are welcome
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