Management Of Diarrhea In Infants Under 6 Months Of Age?

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, I have a 2 week old baby who has diarrhea problems. I take ORS and zinc tablets 20 mg 3 times a day. Is the dose okay for the baby? Because last night my baby was fussy and a little feverish.

1 Answer:

Hello dear Mother Rara,

Basically, the use of drugs for babies aged less than 6 months must first consult a pediatrician. The doctor will perform a physical examination directly related to your baby's health condition. Complications that need to be aware of from infant / child diarrhea are dehydration or lack of fluids. Diarrhea accompanied by dehydration is a contributor to the highest mortality rate, especially in infants less than 1 year old.

The main treatments for diarrhea in infants / children are:

adequate body fluid needs, either with breast milk or additional ORS ensure energy intake is still met, namely only breast milk for babies less than 6 months (exclusive breastfeeding) zinc supplementation, the dose is completed with the age of the baby given for at least 10 days the use of antibiotics only on doctor's recommendation , namely in the case of bloody diarrhea or cholera. The child has a fever and starts to fuss can indicate your baby is dehydrated. In addition, the baby's eyes will appear sunken, the return of the pinching on the skin of the stomach slows down, the frequency and number of urination decreases, even if not treated immediately the baby can become severely dehydrated, which causes weakness, refuses to drink, and even loses consciousness.

Immediately have your baby checked by the doctor / pediatrician / emergency room at the nearest hospital to get fast and precise treatment

Hopefully this is useful

dr. Lili

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