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Toddler with stomach ache. Diarrhoea with mucus. Is it an infection?

Hi my name is karina My two year old stared a month and a half ago complaining about stomach pain but after two weeeks of complaining he stared to get diarrhea like water with some mucus and some had like a sandy texture the diarrhea has been going on for two weeks now his stomach is really bloated and hard. he s been passing a lot of gas and burps some are really foul smelling.he s taking lots of fluids and stared him a day ago on soy milk which he does not like.. but he s loosing weight. I m worried sick what else could I do and what could it be my other child is staring to get diarrhea as well..thank you
Mon, 26 Nov 2012
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hello karina,
these symptoms may be indicative of lactose intolerance secondary to chronic or persistent diarrhea that may be secondary to any infection.
some other causes like various malabsorption syndromes can also lead to these symptoms.

generally diarrhea associated with mucous or blood or both may be indicative of some pathogenic bacterial infection that may require some antibiotic for treatment.

lactose intolerance may be caused in these children secondary to such infections and they take some time to recover once the infection is treated.

for this you should get a stool routine with pH and stool culture done for diagnosis.

it the diarrhoea is not treated well in time it may lead to malnutrition in your child that may affect overall development. so my advice would be to take your child to a pediatrician and discuss these possibilities with him. he may also advice some other test as relevant for diagnosis and prescribe the drugs depending on the report.

meanwhile you should give your child nutritious diet if possible free of sugar, and maintain adequate hydration by giving fluids. you can also give zinc preparations available at pharmacy that will help a bit an diarrhea.

hope my advice is helpful for you

wish rapid recovery of your child
regards
Dr. Amit Kumar
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