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Child having fever and not eating food. On pecef 50 and vizylac. Is it safe to give vizilac or electrol?

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My 1 year old grand daughter had fever so doctor had prescribed oral suspension of cefpodoxime proxetil oral suspension (Pecef 50) for 5 days.Fever is not there now but she has lost appetite and is not eating anything.We asked the doctor.He has now prescribed Lactic Acid Bacillus Powder (Vizylac) dry powder (to be made into a syrup by adding water) Please advise if this LAB powder is safe and will help her to develope appetite and eat normal food etc.
Will vizilac or electrol (ORS) help more?

Posted Thu, 15 Nov 2012 in Child Health
Answered by Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar 3 hours later
Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

Vizylac (Lactic Acid Bacillus powder) is a "probiotic". A 'pro' (for) 'biotic' (life) is a medicine that contains live microorganisms that are helpful to the body. Vizylac contains Lactobacilli, a type of bacteria that can help restore normalcy in the gut, help increase local immunity, help eliminate disease-causing organisms, and, if used correctly, also help make vitamins and nutrients for us.

Remember, bacteria are not always bad for the body. In fact, in a normal individual, healthy bacteria, such as Lactobacillus, are found in the interstines, which help in digestion and absorption of food. When strong antibiotics are given, in addition to removing the bad, pathogenic (infection-causing) bacteria, the antibiotic also kills and removes these good bacteria. This can cause imbalance in the intestinal environment and can produce gastric symptoms like diarrhoea, poor appetite, etc. So, probiotics like Vizylac help restore this balance and hence are often prescribed along with strong antibiotics.

So, Vizylac is a safe medicine and can help in restoring your grand-daughter's digestive symptoms such as her loss of appetite.
(Electral or ORS powder is given for diarrhoea in order to prevent dehydration (water loss) and to replenish certain essential salts and glucose which also get lost when a person has diarrhoea. This medicine will not help, when a person does not have diarrhoea and does not improve appetite).

I hope I have clarified your doubts.

Best wishes,
- Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
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