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Gastroenteritis Feeding Difficulties
No: Other esteemed colleagues answered "yes", but then wrote that you don't need to avoid dairy after gastroenteritis which is what i recommend. (i think they just hit the wrong button!) yogurt (with "live" or "active" cultures - meaning it can't be frozen because that kills the good stuff) can be especially helpful. So, to be clear, i say "no, you don't need to avoid dairy after gastroenteritis.". ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Occupational therapy: Normal toddlers can be gaggy with certain foods. You will know if it is time for professional intervention if they begin having a feeding aversion and avoiding certain textures. When feeding time becomes a chore and you find yourself unable to cope or your child is not gaining weight it is time for help. Your pediatrician is the first place to start for advice and growth parameter evaluation. ...Read more
My 21 wk girl is has season allergies 10 lbs 11 oz. Dx: ftt & feeding difficulties. Can i give her Benadryl & what dose based on her weight?
No, never under 1 yr: Absolutely, definitely do not use Benadryl for a baby less than one year old. Do talk with the pediatrician for advise, it may not be allergy. Some believe children that young do not yet have allergies. A pediatrician may discover the real problem and provide the right treatment. Even a good pharmacist might recommend a safe alternative until you see the doctor. Best! ...Read more
I have had 7 infections so far this year,most viral like cold and gastroenteritis. I never need treatment. But I'm concerned I have immune problem?!
Immunodeficiency: If you have had infections which resolved spontaneously it would be very improbable that they are due to some defect in immune function. Generally these would seldom resolve if your immune system was at fault. If you are concerned about HIV disease the best thing to do would be to go and be tested. If this is somatization and anxiety a therapist might be helpful. Good luck. ...Read more
The runs: If your child has the stomach flu, you should start with small amounts of gatorade. Once he/she is able to tolerate fluids, you can slowly advance to a bland diet, i.e. Banana, rice, applesauce, and toast/crackers. Try to stay away from dairy products. You can also give him/her a product called florastor which helps to restore the natural bacteria in the stomach/intestine. ...Read more
I have been experiencing difficulty using the restroom, abdominal pain, and a recent fever of 101. I think I may have the stomach "flu"?
Steps to take: If you have mucus in your stools.Referral for colonoscopy /sigmoidoscopy if you have rectal bleeding, night time abdominal pain, weight loss, anemia.If you have mucus +diarrhea-stool cultures to rule out GI infection.Lactose intolerance shd be considered to modify diet, need also to rule out celiac , ibs (inflammatory bowel disease), usually with yellow mucus.Be sure to see your doctor. ...Read more
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