I'm sorry to hear about your little boy's pain, and digestive problems! This must be terribly frustrating for you!
You may need (at least) a second opinion, to find out what is causing the ulcers, and how to heal them.
Flagyl is very strong, and has many side effects. Why is the doc prescribing the Flagyl? What is causing the ulcers? I urge you to get a second opinion (at least).
Also, have you tried any of the following?:
1) A milk-free form of probiotics (the good bacteria that antibiotics kill off, in the large intestine), such as "Bifidus infantum", (for all ages) by a company called Ethical Nutrients.
These good bacteria (probiotics) gently get rid of bad bacteria, bad yeasts, & even some bad viruses. The Bifidus infantum comes in a powdered form, which you mix with good quality water, and drink. This can be bought at a good health food store (keep refrigerated). Follow label directions, for a 3 year old child.
2) A milk-free diet,
3) A gluten-free diet. This means avoiding foods containing gluten, which means: avoid wheat, rye, oats, barley & buckwheat. (See the gastric reflux tips I will post for you, as the next message).
Brown rice is gluten-free. Corn is also gluten-free, but many people are allergic to corn, so avoid corn. Some children do better when they avoid all grains, until later on, and then, brown rice may agree with them.
4) Visit a very good pediatric Allergist, to find out whether your son has FOOD ALLERGIES &/or FOOD SENSITIVITIES. Ask for a STOOL TEST for gluten sensitivity (see #3 above), such as Celiac Disease.
I hope your son gets well fast.
Some GASTRIC REFLUX TIPS (without acid blockers):
Please check with your doctor, first, before trying these tips to be sure they are safe, in your particular situation.
GER=Gastro-Esophageal Reflux. (Gastro=stomach. Esophagus=food tube.)
LPR= Laryngeal-Pharyngeal Reflux. (Larynx=voice box, containing the 2 vocal cords. Pharynx=throat, above the larynx. The larynx is above the trachea/windpipe.)
Reflux=acidic or alkaline stomach material that backs up into the esophagus (food tube), causing any of these problems (at least): VCD/Vocal Cord Dysfunction/Laryngospasm attacks, cough, voice problems, asthma, globus (feeling of lump in throat), constant need to clear throat, much extra throat mucus, worsening of sinus condition, sore throat, laryngitis, voice problems, pre-cancerous conditions of throat &/or esophagus, etc.
SOME GER/LPR CONTROL THINGS WE DO, that we learned from the excellent book: STOMACH AILMENTS AND DIGESTIVE DISTURBANCES, by Michael T. Murray, N.D. See page 9, References, in my website: http://cantbreathesuspectvcd.com and, also see GER/LPR info on page 5, and on LINKS page.
PLEASE READ THIS GREAT BOOK. It may possibly be bought on-line, from Michael T. Murray
does your son ever get abdominal pain and at the same time have a bloody stool? does he bring his knees to his chest? and cry? or scream? sometimes children this age can have what they call intussusception where the bowel telescopes into itself causing the pain and the blood possibly caused by a virus...it can resolve on its own but with repeated telescoping it can get stuck (dangerous).....its usually diagnosed with a barium enema or air enema but usually only at the time its happening....i would check with your pediatrician to see if this is a possiblity and maybe next time it happens go to er and have the test done....good luck and let us know
My brother had back surgery and ended up with a severe infection from it, he also was put on high doses of antibiotics. Let me say that now he also has diarrhea with watery blood but also-his teeth have completely rotted and he is a mess! I would again find a different pediatrician and tell them you would like to have this baby checked throughly, not given more and more antibiotics. You know..taking that many antibiotics will make it nearly impossible to wart off any other later illnesses needed with antibiotics? PLEASE find a doctor willing to help you!
i was wondering how your child is doing....please let u know....a concerned mom