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Date : 14-Nov-2013
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User:Hello Doctor, Good Evening
Doctor:How can I help you today?
Doctor:Good evening
User:I have a kid who is 2 year old (male)
User:from sometime he his having constipation problem
User:can you please recommend some medicine?
Doctor:How bad is the constipation?
Doctor:After hopw many does he get his stools
User:once in 2 days that too after doing some home remedies
Doctor:Is he taking enough fluids and food?
User:fluids, drinks water (not sure how many glasses), but food is ok, takes around 3-4 meals a day
User:sometimes for 3-4 days he doesn't go (stool)
User:and when he goes he normally has to try very hard
User:this problem is there for nearly 2 months
User:Do you recommend some medicine or should I consult Paedtrician?
Doctor:Firstly we need to avoid damage to the local area by applying some lidocaine gel when he has to go after a prolonged constipation
Doctor:If you feel that the area is bruised, then apply neosporin
Doctor:For mild constipation, try giving him prunes 2 - 3 in a day
Doctor:Prunes you can find at any grocery store in the dry fruit aisle
User:any oral medicine, syrup?
Doctor:You can try lactulose syrup
Doctor:1 tsp once or twice a day
Doctor:can also be given
Doctor:Also give him more of fatty food
User:lactulose, any brand?
Doctor:like butter, ghee etc
Doctor:Duphalac is one brand
Doctor:But different pharmacies carry different brands
Doctor:Give oral medicines only if prunes didnot work
Doctor:Avoid giving him continuously every day
User:avoid, Prunes or Oral medicine?
Doctor:oral medicines for constipation
Doctor:He should revert to his normal routine
Doctor:These medicines are to help during bad times
User:sorry, but what are prunes called in Hindi?
Doctor:They are dried forms of alu bukhara
User:ohh ok
Doctor:These are tasty and kids love it
User:if in case my kid doesn't takes it? any other alternative home made remedy?
Doctor:fatty food and XXXXXXX juice may help
Doctor:Applying vaseline or lidocauine gel on the area should also help
User:ok, should we apply before or after passing stool?
Doctor:these should be applied before passing stools
Doctor:Do you have any question here?
User:I have one more kid who is older: 3.5 years (female)
User:she is underweight (10 Kgs). do you recommend any medicines to gain weight?
Doctor:There are no medicines available that will help in gain weight
Doctor:Though I can tell you some other recommendations that will help
User:sure, that would great help. we are very concerned about her weight
Doctor:Firstly we need to get her tested for common conditions like iron-deficiency anemia, infections etc
Doctor:These involve some simple blood tests
Doctor:High calorie foods are required in be included in her diet
Doctor:Mostly milk products like cheese, butter, ghee, ice creams, other cream containing foods, etc
Doctor:She will need regular meals
Doctor:Missing meals is the biggest factor for low weight
User:ok, can you please let me know the tests too which needs to be done for her?
Doctor:Milk should be atleast 3 glasses in a day
Doctor:hemogram, hemoglobin, serum iron levels, serum vit B12 levels, serum calcuim levels, serum vit D levels, Fasting blood sugar, liver function tests, BUN, Sr creatinine
Doctor:is also needed
Doctor:Do you have any question?
User:that's it for now, I'll get back to you after the tests are done. Thank you so much for answering all my concerns and for your patience
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me
Doctor:Take care
User:can I save this conversation
Doctor:Yes you can
User:thanks, you have a great evening!
Doctor:You too
Doctor:Let me know whenever you are done saving
User:done, thanks again!
Doctor:Have a great time
Doctor:Bye for now
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