Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.
From the description of your son's symptoms (fever, frequent bowel movements, poor appetite
), it appears that he may be having a gastro-enteritis
- which is an infection / inflammation of the digestive tract. The most common cause for this in infants is a viral infection. Most of these subside on their own and all what is required is supportive treatment.
I would suggest the following:
1) Keep him adequately hydrated. You can give him Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS) frequently, in order to replenish the water and salt loss from frequent stools, vomiting.
2) You can give him Paracetamol
) syrup for his fever - the dosage would be 15mg per kg body weight, per dose - so if he weighs 6 kg, then he would require 6 x 15 = 90mg (usually syrups come in a concentration of 120mg per 5ml)
3) Give him a bland diet for the next few days. If he is reluctant to eat solid food, then you can keep giving him small quantities of liquid food frequently.
4) You can follow a 'wait-and-watch' policy and observe for any 'danger signs'. In case his fever persists for more than 3 days of he develops any other complications like blood or mucus in stools, drowsiness
or lethargy, inability to take oral fluids or any signs of severe dehydration
, then you will have to take him to the hospital urgently.
Wish you all the best.
Dr. Sheeba Stephen
Emergency Medicine Specialist