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Posted on Mon, 22 Jun 2015
Question: My son is suffering from loose stools, Started from 25th may, initially it was hard, daily 5 to 8 times. we have given medication of enterogermina oral suspension 3 times a day. Initially after taking these medicines for 3 days stools came to control and then on 28th chicked pox vaccine was given. And then stools started again and this time the stools are "Watery with no solid pieces" and sticky. The frequency of stools were increased now.
what is the reason for this. Is this medication fine. what food we need to give.
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Answered by Dr. Arun (31 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Not related to vaccine. Ors and zinc

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Thanks for writing to us.
Usually loose stools is viral infection and may last for a week.
There is no relation to vaccine and loose stools.
Don't worry.
Enterogermina is a probiotic which helps to reduce loose stools by promoting digestion ability of baby.
What I would suggest to all children with similar symptoms
1. ORS SOLUTION like electral. This is must as it will prevent dehydration as loose stools result in water and electrolytes loss.
This loss has to be replaced.
2. Zinc at 10mg daily for 14 days. This will help in healing the gut and controlling loose.stools.

If your baby is active and playful and is passing urine atleast six times a day there is no need to worry.
If not settling consult your pediatrician.
Food - avoid milk and sweet juices.
Rice, curd, dhal can be given.
Avoid oily foods too.
Regards
Dr Arun
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Suggest treatment for recurrent loose stool in a child

Brief Answer: Not related to vaccine. Ors and zinc Detailed Answer: Hi Thanks for writing to us. Usually loose stools is viral infection and may last for a week. There is no relation to vaccine and loose stools. Don't worry. Enterogermina is a probiotic which helps to reduce loose stools by promoting digestion ability of baby. What I would suggest to all children with similar symptoms 1. ORS SOLUTION like electral. This is must as it will prevent dehydration as loose stools result in water and electrolytes loss. This loss has to be replaced. 2. Zinc at 10mg daily for 14 days. This will help in healing the gut and controlling loose.stools. If your baby is active and playful and is passing urine atleast six times a day there is no need to worry. If not settling consult your pediatrician. Food - avoid milk and sweet juices. Rice, curd, dhal can be given. Avoid oily foods too. Regards Dr Arun