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Child having diarrhea. Stool test showed no infection. Not getting cure from ors and econorm

Mar 2013
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My son 20 months old is suffering with direahea since last 3 days. Her stool routine report is normal with no infection. doctors are not giving any medicines . BUt he is geting very week day by day. Loosemotions are not stopping. frequency is one loosemotion every hour. please advice a medicine. I am giving ORS and Econorm XXXXXXX
Posted Mon, 1 Apr 2013 in Child Health
Answered by Dr. Aarti Abraham 20 minutes later
Thanks for your query.

Too frequent and watery bowel movements are known as Diarrhea. Mostly caused by virus ( Rotavirus etc ) , other reasons for diarrhea in a baby can be an allergy, a bacterial infection ( cholera etc ) or medication. Teething also often causes diarrhoea, as does lactose intolerance. The XXXXXXX thing is that diarrhea can cause dehydration. It is normal in infants to have 12 small bowel movements a day that reduce to about once a day by 3 months. A sudden increase in frequency of infant's bowel movements along with its water content can be diarrhea. In case of diarrhea, babies need as much feeding as they like. You are correctly giving ORS and econorm.

I would suggest consulting a pediatrician again. Tell the doctor about the baby stool frequency, color and other details for better diagnosis. Visit the doctor immediately, if the baby has bloody diarrhea, high fever, bloody diarrhea, abdominal pain or dehydration or the baby is vomiting or losing weight. You can identify dehydration by symptoms such as dry eyes and mouth, lethargy and fewer wet diapers. For older infants and young children who eat solids, you should give lots of liquids and fluids and small amounts of food that combine fiber and fat as both these contents bulk up the stool and slow down the frequency of diarrhea. Thus, water loss with stools is reduced and risk of dehydration is decreased too.

You may give yogurt to the baby as it contains bacteria that are good for digestion. Giving children oatmeal mixed in little milk or formula also helps in controlling diarrhea. Babies who are vomiting may be given clear fluids with salt and/or sugar such as diluted juice but steer clear of anti-diarrhea medications for babies less than a year old as they may hinder with the body processes of eliminating virus or bacteria through diarrhea and prolong the infection. They may also be harmful for children and have side effects.

Also, if the stool routine report is normal and there is no infection, there is no need for antibiotics. But with almost one motion per hour, you need to consult a doctor at the earliest again.

Take care.
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