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Suggest treatment for severe belching in a child

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Posted on Tue, 19 Apr 2016
Question: Hi, my son is 4 yrs old. He is not potty trained though sits om flush but still stand and passes stool maybe once or twice a week. Today after 5 days he was trying since morning and by evening his stool became watery but still he wasn't able to pass completely. He applied lot of ppressure while passing stool. I gave him digene gel twice since he seemed to have acidity and burping/belching. Then at night he has got up and complaining of severe stomach ache. I have given him 5ml cyclopam but still his pain is there. Doctor told me to give him hallens suppository. Kindly advise any medicine. Also can i give dulcoflex in place of hallens now or should i wait for pain to subside first.
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Answered by Dr. Diptanshu Das (40 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
It is very important to increase the fiber intake for your child.

Detailed Answer:
Thanskf for asking on HealthcareMagic.

Hallens suppository is Glycerin Suppository whereas Dulcoflex suppository is Bisacodyl Suppositories. The latter is a purgative and increases the urge to pass stool. So, if given when your child has pain, it may worsen the condition. Hence I would suggest against it. You may give Hallens suppository however.

Rather than giving medicines, it is more important to increase the total fiber intake of your child's diet. At this age, his daily fiber requirement is 25 g per day.

Going through the following link will give you a better understanding of fiber containing foods:
https://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/foods-high-in-dietary-fiber.php

As of now, wait for the pain to subside.

Let me know if you have any further queries.

Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Arnab Banerjee
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Follow up: Dr. Diptanshu Das (36 hours later)
Thanks doctor. Couple of more questions
1. Can i give digene if he has digestion/gas issue
2.can u pls suggest some tonic for strengthening his digestion as he seems to gag at the sight of food. He sometimes wants to eat but then takes it in hand and puts it away. He burps pretty often irrespective of whether he has eaten food or empty stomach.

Thank you.
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Answered by Dr. Diptanshu Das (42 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Such problems are quite common with children of this age.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for writing back.
1. Digene can be given but how do you know that he is having hyperacidity? There is no definite way to know. I do not think that Digene would actually be needed in children like yours.
2. Let me tell you that there is no syrup or tonic to strengthen the digestive system. If you make such a demand from doctors all they would provide is either some vitamin tonic or some enzyme supplement. While vitamins are required in very minute amount and supplementation is not needed unless there is a definite deficiency, enzyme supplements are useless as they themselves get disintegrated in the acidic environment of the stomach.
Children of this age tend to be fussy eaters and they have to be coaxed to eat. There is no shortcut for the same. You can take him along while fetching groceries and ask him to choose fruits and vegetables. Make items using those or ask for him opinion about what to make with those. He will eat those items better. Experiment and find new ways.
About the burping, giving him curd or yogurt should help.

Regards
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Suggest treatment for severe belching in a child

Brief Answer: It is very important to increase the fiber intake for your child. Detailed Answer: Thanskf for asking on HealthcareMagic. Hallens suppository is Glycerin Suppository whereas Dulcoflex suppository is Bisacodyl Suppositories. The latter is a purgative and increases the urge to pass stool. So, if given when your child has pain, it may worsen the condition. Hence I would suggest against it. You may give Hallens suppository however. Rather than giving medicines, it is more important to increase the total fiber intake of your child's diet. At this age, his daily fiber requirement is 25 g per day. Going through the following link will give you a better understanding of fiber containing foods: https://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/foods-high-in-dietary-fiber.php As of now, wait for the pain to subside. Let me know if you have any further queries. Regards