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Child passes stools with mucus, has low grade fever. What diet and medicines should be given?

Dear Sir,My 8 month and 2 week year old son as been passing stools with mucus content (yellowing and watery).3 times yesterday.He has recently started crawling ,picks up any little thing specially paper and puts it in his mouth.He has a low grade fever .Please advise as to what foods and medicines I should give him.Thank you, Shaheema Sulfikar Cochin
Asked On : Fri, 14 Dec 2012
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Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

Your baby's symptoms of loose stools with mucus and fever are indicative of a gastro-enteritis (an infection in the digestive system). I would advise you to keep giving him Oral Rehdration Solution (ORS) - e.g. Electral powder, which has to be mixed in 1 litre of clean water and given frequently. This will prevent dehydration and replenish the water and salt loss. Most diarrhoes in children are due to viral infections and are self-limiting. However, if he continues to have further episodes or if the fever is persisting, he may need antibiotic medication. For this, it is better to take him to a pediatrician, since he would be able to examine the child properly, and prescribe the appropriate dose antibiotic, according to the weight of the baby.

Best wishes,
Dr. Sheeba Stephen
Answered: Wed, 19 Dec 2012
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