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After Pedialyte, 11 Month Won't Take formula...need Advice.

My son is just now getting over a 5 day episode of the rotavirus...during which he wouldn't drink anything except pedialyte. Now, I am trying to switch him back to formula and he is refusing it. He took some this morning but has been refusing it since. Any suggestions to get him to take the formula?

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He also does not (and never did) like soy or lactose free formula. I am trying all of the suggestions...mixing pedialyte or sugar and holding strong not to give him any pedialyte. He takes solids happily and he eats the solids even when I mix in formula, so that is promising. Thanks to all for your suggestions.

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Everytime my children got sick and they've been drinking pedialyte for a while because of it Their doctor told me to mix it with the formula. The more and more they drink it to gradually put less and less of the pdialyte in it and they will be back on formula. It worked for me everytime I had to do that.

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Everytime my children got sick and they've been drinking pedialyte for a while because of it Their doctor told me to mix it with the formula. The more and more they drink it to gradually put less and less of the pdialyte in it and they will be back on formula. It worked for me everytime I had to do that.

Hi, T.,
What kind of formula does your baby drink? Our pediatrician switched my son's formula to soy based formula since kids develop a temporary lactose intolerance during bout of rotavirus (vomiting and/or diarrhea)
I tried that with my 11 month old son last month and it worked. I did have to use a big syringe to force some water in him by mouth. Of course he fought it. Just watch carefully for sunken eyeballs and make sure that he is still peeing. Call the doc right away if it has been a few hours and diaper is still dry. Hope this helps.

R. L

My daughter just got over this as well. It took her about a week to start wanting table foods and Stage 3 foods again. She only wanted thin, soupy foods for that week and barely ate at all. It seems they have to build their appetites back up like adults after we are sick like that.
Maybe he will like his cereal mixed with the formula?
As long as he does not get dehydrated, maybe you should give him a few more days to be interested again.

put 3/4 pedi & 1/4 formula and keep increasing formula ratio until its full strength....

Have you tried mixing a little of the formula into some pedialyte? If he takes that, then maybe you could just up the ratio each time. It may be that he prefers the taste of the pedialyte and it may take a bit to transfer him back to formula. (Personally, I don't blame the poor babies... formula smells icky, but then, I tasted the plain pedialyte recently when my daughter had the rotavirus and it wasn't very good, either!)

mix it with the pedialyte. or since it is so sweet. try a soy formula. they tend to be alittle sweeter.

HI, my 11 month old had just got over rotavirus last month too - we were at home for 8 days with him so I feel your pain sister! Anyway, same story - he didn't want formula during or after it. After a couple weeks he did regain a little interest but for the most part just wants table food now - my doctor recommended soy milk or soy formula - I didn't try it, I went with my grandmother's suggestion - add just a teeny tiny bit of sugar to the formula (like 1/8 of tsp.) - I did that and it seems to have helped him drink a little more than he was. Other than that - I still give him some pedialyte and apple juice and I'm just waiting for this last month to tick by til I can start regular milk and I pray he will drink it! Like everyone else has said, as long as he's not appearing dehydrated - I wouldn't worry too much - I'm sure he's fine! Thank goodness spring is almost here!

You could start by doing half of the clear pedialyte, and half formula. If he refuses that, then keep "pushing" the formula. As long as he is not vomiting anymore, he is going to give up, and eventually take the formula. You just have to be strong, and not give in. I promise he will start taking it. Right now he wants the sweetness of the pedialyte, and he probably thinks that if he holds out, you will give in, and give it to him. Be strong!

Hope this helps! :)

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