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Toddler passing loose motion and developed rashes around anus. Suggest some cure

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My baby just completed 7 month and now she is passing loose motion 10-12 times a day for last 2/3 days. we visited our pediatrician, but he says as long as baby is not vomiting and taking its normat food/diet, its not a matter of concern.
We are a bit worried as she may be dehydrated and its also painful to clean her so many times and due to this she has developed rashes around that area. Please advice.
Posted Sat, 2 Mar 2013 in Child Health
Answered by Dr. Santosh Kondekar 1 hour later

It may be overlooked that doctor is concerned only about serious events and not discomfort. Motions occurring 10-12 times a day often are related to colitis or dysentery where by small quantity sticky foul motions may be passed with at times cry or pain. Mucus and blood (red/orange/black color flakes may also be common)

Dysenteries are non viral and often need specific therapy, at times with antibiotics, even then often it takes 3-5 days to cause recovery.
Watery motions or diarrheas are often more worried by doctors, as there is a risk of dehydration in short phase which may be characterized by increased thirst, yellow urine and lethargy. You may read more about re-hydration at WWW.WWWW.WW
Rashes follow either due to moisture related sores or due to urine-ammonia dermatitis or due to friction while cleaning; that by itself may require specific therapy. Surely, rashes will not heal as long as diaper use is on an area of rash doesn’t get enough air to dry off the wetness and at times requires epithelium healing ointments or antifungal powders.

Not vomiting and good feeding is a good sign to fight dehydration, improve liquid intake and get the stool tested for possibility of infection in form of stool routine and culture.

Often doctors do add probiotics (sporolac) and zinc (zinconia) supplements to fasten healing. They are of some benefit.

Please do get back to me if any further doubts or any more information needed with specific questions. Feel free.

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