Q. My 19-month-old son grinds his teeth and does not eat properly. Should I give him Albendazole?

Answered by
Dr. Samir Bhatia
and medically reviewed by Dr. Sneha Kannan
This is a premium question & answer published on May 23, 2020
Hello doctor, my son is 19 months old .... He is grinding teeth most of the time ... Not eating at all...only one spoon after that he has feel of vomiting.... So am giving food with a long interval between every bite... Also we r giving only mashed foods... Previously he was taking 2 idlies.. now even half idli is difficult for him to finish.... One of my friends suggested me to give albendazole syrup ad his symptoms suggestive of worm infestation.... Can i give albendazole syrup ... If yes how many ml and his weight before two months was 9kgs ... Because of lockdown we didn't check his recent weight.... If no what medication can we give ... Please reply am really worried about his eating habits.... He became very thin comparing to before... Thank you in advance....

Hello, hope you are safe. Thank you for the elaborate history. I appreciate your concern regarding your child.

I would like to first tell you that grinding is a common phenomenal in children till 6 years most children outgrow it by 6 years. However at this age if he is grinding you can give him plenty of water

Positive feedback helps. And for more discussion regarding reward and positive feedback you can consult me on phone as it’s difficult to explain those things verbally

As for albendazole, you can give 400 mg once stat dose only repeat at 6 months interval.


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