Diarrhea is best defined as excessive loss of fluid and electrolyte in the stool,Diarrhea is a major cause of childhood morbidly and mortality worldwide. Lactose intolerance is a clinical syndrome of one or more of the following ,abdominal pain , diarrhea, nausea,flatulence,and/or bloating after the ingestion of lactose or lactose_containing food substances.
THE AIM OF THE STUDY:
was to estimate pH and reducing substance in stool of children .
A prospective study done at pediatrics teaching hospital in Erbil from first March 2006- 31-August 2006 to review the stool PH and reducing substances in diarrhea.
The majority of positive cases (CHO intolerance) were below 1 year in both types of diarrhea. Those patients with chronic diarrhea more susceptible to develop CHO intolerance. Both sexes approximately affected but in chronic diarrhea appear more in male. Vomiting was one of the common associated symptoms and the stool usually was watery in character. The disease more common in those children on bottle feeding. The excoriation of buttock nearly always present due to acidification of the stool.
CHO intolerance (particularly lactose) occurs in acute and chronic diarrhea, but more in chronic one.Excoriation of buttock nearly always present.The disease was more common in those on bottle and mixed feeding