Select the search type
  • Site
  • Web
Go

Answers from the BJC Experts

Ask the BJC Expert allows you to get the answers you need about a variety of health, medicine and exercise issues to help you live a more healthy life.

Please browse the most recent questions below or use the search the questions feature to see if the answer to your question is already given. If not, please submit a new question for our experts.

Hello, my son had a stomach virus 2 weeks ago. We have been to Dr. twice (first time regarding sinus issue 4 days after initial stomach virus and second visit regarding extremely watery diarrhea 13 days after initial tummy issue). Today diarrhea was persistent and so I went to pharmacy for advice. I was advised .6 ml of Imodium once would be ok. Your opinion? Lastly, I gave it to 7 month old 16 lbs. I am worried it will hurt him.

You do not say how old the child is but I will assume the pharmacist you spoke to gave you the proper dosing information.

Imodium (loperamide) is the over the counter product for diarrhea. Generally it is very effective. About the only other things I can suggest would be to give the child yogurt, be sure that they keep hydrated, use pedialyte to prevent electrolyte imbalance.

If the diarrhea continues or the child is in distress, please take the child to the physician.

4901 Forest Park Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri 63108
314.286.2000
Copyright © 1997- 2021 BJC HealthCare. All Rights Reserved.