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How to treat loose motion in a 8 months old child?

My kid (8 months old) is having loose stools, recently treated for intussusception and stool test says Reaction = Acidic and Pus Cells      0-1/Hpf . Can you pls advise on the report and what to feed him as we are also suspecting lactose intolerance, could there be any other reason for his loose tools?
Wed, 30 Jul 2014
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Hi...Thank you for consulting in Health Care magic. The most common reason for diarrhoea in this age group is viral infection.
It seems your kid is having viral diarrhoea. Once it starts it will take 5-7 days to completely get better. Unless the kid's having low urine output or very dull or excessively sleepy or blood in motion or green bilious vomiting...you need not worry.
There is no need to use antibiotics unless there is blood in the motion. Antibiotics might worsen if unnecessarily used causing antibiotic associated diarrhoea.
I suggest you use zinc supplements (Z&D drops 1ml once daily for 14 days) & ORS (Each small packet mixed in 200ml of potable water and keep giving sip by sip) as hydration is very important and crucial part of treatment. If there is vomiting you can use Syrup Ondansetron (as prescribed by your paediatrician).
Hope my answer was helpful for you. I am happy to help any time. Further clarifications and consultations on Health care magic are welcome. If you do not have any clarifications, you can close the discussion and rate the answer. Wish your kid good health.
Dr. Sumanth MBBS., DCH., DNB (Paed).,
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