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How to treat recurrent childhood diarrhoea?

Q: My son is 10 months old and often suffers from diarrhoea. We take enough care regarding his water/food and the environment. He has it continuously for the last 3 weeks and was hospitalised for a week and given Amikacin injections. Now again he has loose motions. Some people attribute this to eruption of teeth. He has one tooth coming out.

A:Unless a stool routine examination shows evidence of infection, there is not much point in giving antibiotics. I would suggest that one could add a lactobacillus supplement such as SPOROLAC in a dose of 1/2 sachet twice a day, for one week. Following this, the diarrhoea should settle. If there is evidence of infection, then an antibiotic should be prescribed, based on the stool report. In addition, maintain strict hygiene and good bottle care and there should be no problem.


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