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Child with loose stools. Given antibiotics. Dry cough. Need further treatment?

Hi, stool of my 3 month baby is liquid since couple of weeks. Met doc, he told that due to change in place(since birth he was at my in-laws place & now at his grandfather place.), infection is their in his stomach so motion are loose. He give him some antibiotic syrup OFM (oflaxin & metronidazole) twice a day & some other syrup for digestion. Still after taking this there is no change in his motion. Also since 2 days he is having dry cough.

Also get his stool tested & no of pus cells are higher 15-20.

Can you please tell me is this medicine is ok or shall I continue an other one.


Thu, 2 May 2013
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Pediatrician 's  Response
The 3 month child is normally exclusively breast fed in india.Such children are less likely to acquire bacterial or protozoal infection through enteral route.The change of place usually does not cause infection unless the child is exposed to contaminated food or water or fed by unclean hands.

Most common cause of loose stools are intestinal viral infection which can be air borne also along with food and water.

Most of these infections do not require antibiotics or antiprotozoal unless superadded bacterial or protozoal infection is present.

The breast fed baby may have 15 motions per day which are thin and paste like and normal at this age.

So confirm again that stool is loose because of bacterial or protozoal infection. The two infections combined is less common phenomenon. This can be confirmed by stool examination done by a meticulous pathological evaluation of a fresh specimen of stool.with in 1 hour of passage of stool and culture for evaluation of a pathogenic organism. Depending on result a decision has to be made about use of antibiotic or anti protozoal or any other drug.

Till then give child Zinc liquid 10mg per day for 15 days(susp Zand D 1/2 ml per day)
and probiotic enterogermina liquid 5 ml twice a day for 5 days.

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Pediatrician Dr. Imraan Hussain 's  Response
thanks for your quiry at HCM
usually antibiotics are not given for this kind of diarrhea and i am confident that it can be treated with extra fluids, giving ORS and zinc supplementation, continue breast feeding or probiotics in case of any quiry i will be available for your help
wishing you a speedy recovery
take care
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