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What causes green colored stools with white patches in an infant?

Hi, my 10 month old baby threw up once on Friday. It looked as if she threw up her formula milk. Yesterday, she didn t throw up but she did have gas and her stool was a bit like an avocado green with some white patches that looked like when milk is spoiled. We took her to urgent care on Friday night and the doctors said to give her Pedilalyte and don t give her a bottle until the following evening. we tried that but by baby doesn t seem to like the Pedialyte and drinks very little water, so we had no choice but to give her a bottle. Any suggestions? Thank You...By the way, no fever.
Thu, 26 Apr 2018
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Hello,

It seems your kid is having viral diarrhea. 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. There is no need to use antibiotics unless there is blood in the motion. Antibiotics might worsen if unnecessarily used causing antibiotic-associated diarrhea.

I suggest you use zinc supplements (Z&D drops 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 pediatrician). Regarding diet - You can use cerelac any flavor will do. Avoid fruit juices as they might aggravate diarrhea. You can give zinc supplements & ORS apart from normal vegetarian porridges & soups.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Sumanth Amperayani


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