I am the nanny during the week and came in to work Monday morning and learned that the three week old infant was being given a tiny dose of one quarter teaspoon of adult kaopectate. I don't know how often or how many times as the weekend nanny doesn't speak English. I am concerned.
7 Nov 2011
No it is not ok! At three weeks the baby is far too little. The baby should be seen by a doctor if the parents feel there is problem.
This is from http://www.drugs.com/cons/kaopectate.html
"... This medicine should not be used in children younger than 12 years of age. The fluid loss caused by diarrhea may result in a severe condition. In older children with diarrhea, medicine for diarrhea may be used, but it is also very important that a sufficient amount of liquids be given to replace the fluid lost by the body. If you have any questions about this, check with your health care professional.
Also, children are usually more sensitive to the effects of salicylates, especially if they have a fever or have lost large amounts of body fluid because of vomiting, diarrhea, or sweating.
The bismuth in this medicine may cause severe constipation in children.
In addition, do not use this medicine to treat nausea or vomiting in children or teenagers who have or are recovering from the flu or chickenpox. If nausea or vomiting is present, check with the child's doctor immediately because this could be an early sign of Reye's syndrome."
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