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Child suffering from dehydration. Losing weight and not eating. What to do?

Dear sir,
i have a baby boy of 22 month near about 2 year, last two days he was suffering from dehyderation , i gave him boil cold water with Electral powder..

we are strictly vegetarian...

now i think my baby is losing weight and too he is not eating properly,,
my freinfd has sugggested for de worming means today first give me Albendazole ,
then continue with Beplex multi vitamin syrup & orofer xt paedratic syp...
or please you suggest what should i do ,
i want to see him healthy
Asked On : Fri, 19 Apr 2013
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Pediatrician 's  Response
Thanks for your query.
Is your child having diarrrhea?
If yes maintain hydration by giving oral rehydration solution,coconut water,lemonade,curd,boiled potato,rice porridge.
I will not suggest you not to give any medication of your own.
Sometimes child becomes fussy and do not eat properly.Try to be patient with him.Feed him with other family members.

If it persist get your child evaluated by pediatrician for proper management.

Wishing your child good health.
God bless..
Answered: Fri, 19 Apr 2013
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Pediatrician Dr. Y V Siva Sankara Murty's  Response

Thanks for writing to health care magic.

Why is your child having dehydration?

Is he having any vomiting or loose stool?

If a child is loosing weight lack of proper intake of proteins and calories could be one of the various causes.

So give him food rich in proteins and calories. (like milk, milk products, rice and dal along with ghee added, etc)

Hope this helps.
Take care.
Answered: Fri, 19 Apr 2013
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General Surgeon Dr. Deepak Kishore Kaltari's  Response
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The weight loss is due to dehydration and loss of water. Diarhoea in children is mainly viral infection(Rotaviruse). Deworming has no role in management. It is self limiting and the basic principle is not to allow dehydration to develop by giving adequate oral fluids(not just plain water) in form of ORS, Coconut water, Kanji, Rice and dhal water with salt added(popularly known as home made rehydration solution). Since the child is loosing weight please consult Pediatrician at earliest.
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