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Suggest treatment for frequent defecation of hard pebble like stool in an infant

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Dr. Arun

Pediatrician, Pulmonology

Practicing since :2003

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Posted on Thu, 6 Dec 2018 in Child Health
Question: My 6+ mo old baby boy 's stool becomes solid since last 2 days like sausage or pebble shape. It is also happening in small amount and frequency increases to 4-6 times from 1-2 times daily.

Could you please let me know any concern or remedy.

Can i give him gripe water or antacid like Rantac syrup.
Answered by Dr. Arun 1 hour later
Brief Answer:

No need for gripe or antacid.

Detailed Answer:


Thanks for writing to us.

It is pretty normal at this age for stools to become pebble shaped and passing in small amounts.

As long as the baby is feeding well, passing urine at least six to eight times a day, no need to worry.

Usually no medicines are required. At the most you can try some probiotics like Bifilac syrup. I usually prescribe around twice daily for a few days for such babies in my clinic.

Ensure feeding frequently.

As long as there is no fever or dullness or low urine output, no other medicines required.

Also give boiled fruits like Apple and boiled vegetables along with water to keep his fiber intake adequate. This will help in softening stools naturally.

No antacid, no Rantac is required.

Wishing your baby good health.

Hope have answered your query.

Dr. Arun
Pediatrician, Pulmonology
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