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My 16 Month Old Has Had DIARRHEA for a WEEK!!!!!

My son has had diarrhea since Sunday (1/4).... The doctor says they don't worry unless it's been two weeks..... I don't know what else to do.... I had some type of stomach bug on Tuesday- vomiting and diarrhea it lasted about 8 hours, but my stomach bothered me until yesterday! My son doesn't have a fever or anything and is ALREADY a picky eater and is now being even MORE picky!

Does anyone have any ideas on what I can try.

What can I do next?

So What Happened?™

My son is FINALLY better! The B R A T diet worked.... I also gave him yogurt with baby cereal so that it was thickened up some!

Thank you all for all of your support and ideas!

Reading everyone's idea's HELPED ME CALM DOWN ;-)

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I've found the best thing to get rid of my daughter's diarrhea is rice cereal, or the rice cereal with bananas. Also, if he has a diaper rash from it, you can try putting some baking soda in his bath - this changes the ph of their skin so it doesn't chaff as easily (this really helped with my daughter as well.)

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When my daughter has messy BMs with no fever, I think of two things. Ate a food that didn't agree with her? Is she teething?
It could be that he has the same bug that you had, just reacting different to it. Keep him hydrated and push the crackers, at such.
M.

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I've found the best thing to get rid of my daughter's diarrhea is rice cereal, or the rice cereal with bananas. Also, if he has a diaper rash from it, you can try putting some baking soda in his bath - this changes the ph of their skin so it doesn't chaff as easily (this really helped with my daughter as well.)

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Hi - I don't know about anything that can stop it, but while he has it make sure he stays hydrated - with pedialyte and lots of it. My pediatrician said not to use water for their first year of life.

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Is your little one teething? When my son was about this age he was teething with 8 teeth at once and he had diarrhea for 3 months straight. There was nothing we could do about it since he was eating and drinking normally. I would suggest adding a little fresh minced garlic to some of his food if you can. Also shredded coconut will work. Both have an ingredient in them that help with abdominal issues whether it be viral or not. Keep up with the fluids and eating his normal foods. You can also try Rice Milk or Soy Milk as sometimes Cow milk is upsetting to the digestive track therefore causing diarrhea. Although Pedialyte is good, Koolaid (without the sugar) and Propel are cheaper and just as good. Others mentioned Rice Cereal with Bananas and that is good. The BRATT diet always works: Bananas, Rice, Apples, Tea, and Toast. For Tea, use Black or White because Green will make diarrhea worse. My mother also tells me to put a little milk and tea together and then give it to the kids. My kids love it and it does help with diarrhea. Hope this helps you and I'll be praying that your little one gets over this diarrhea soon and that you will continue to have the strength to handle it. God Bless.

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D.,
Hi, I'm R.. I am an ER nurse and I can tell you that I have dealt with diarrhea in all ages for the past month and a half... I don't know what is going around but it seems to be miserable for everyone! I know it is especially miserable for the little people, but I am sorry to tell you that in most cases it is totally a viral issue and there is nothing to give them except for lots and lots of pedialyte and butt paste :o( --because they need hydrated and they are going to be sore back there. It is good that he doesn't have a fever. But if he does get one you should take him to the doctor again. So, try pedialyte, popcicles and lots of love. I'm sorry that there is nothing else really for babies. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you
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R.

ps This is a great way to teach him how important it is to wash his hands! Plus, you don't want to get it too!!!

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I would only let him have very simple plain food until his stomach is better. try plain toast, saltine crackers, diluted apple juice if he is tolerating the other well. plain white rice and apple sauce are other simple foods. Pedialyte popsicles are great for this situation too because it keeps them from getting dehydrated. If he drinks too fast it is more likely to upset his stomach. popsicles make him slow down. I would watch carefuly and don't be afraid to call your dr. if he doesn't look right to you. You know your child better than anyone else.

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When my daughter has messy BMs with no fever, I think of two things. Ate a food that didn't agree with her? Is she teething?
It could be that he has the same bug that you had, just reacting different to it. Keep him hydrated and push the crackers, at such.
M.

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My son had diarrhea last summer and my ped told me to give him Floramax for kids (I think that is the right spelling). It is over the counter from the pharmacy. Mine did not have any in stock but got if for me - I have since seen it on the shelf. It is probiotics (like what is in yougart now), and it seemed to help him. Hope your little guy is better soon.

My 23 month old is just getting over a bout with diarreah that started at the beginning of December. His stool is still loose, but it's not the terrible stuff it was for so many weeks. I had him in to the doctor as well, but there's nothing they can do about a virus. Make sure he gets enough to drink... push water - it's the best to keep him from getting dehydrated. That's the thing to pay attention to. One way to make sure he's got enough to drink is if he's peeing enough. Check with your doctor about frequency of wet diapers.

The other thing is to make sure your diaper cream has 40% zinc oxide. Desitin original has it. My little guy's bum was so angry red and he was filling his diapers with such toxic waste that I couldn't get it better.

Make sure to use lotion all over his body, too. My little guy gets dry skin and he was scratching all over... had to keep his fingernails clipped regularly! After I started using lotion (right after bath works for us) he stopped scratching.

Good luck.

Oh, I almost forgot! We also put him on lactose free milk for a while. The Dr. said that when they get a stomach bug like this, it sometimes takes a while to get the enzymes that break down milk back up to a level that will work. He's back on regular milk now and doing fine.

My 21-month old nephew literally just went through this and he was very sick for 8 straight days. Hydration is the most important obviously, so pedialyte and fluids are key. But my doc (my daughter is 2) and my brother's doc all said "Let them eat WHATEVER they will eat." My nephew ate yogurt with the good probiotics in it, but basically lived on goldfish for a while. It is a nasty bug that lasts way too long, but if you do not see any improvement by Friday, make your doctor or someone see him. Good luck!!!

Hi D.,
My 19 month old daughter and I have had the same bug since (1/4). I've been trying to do the BRAT diet with her, our ped. said no dairy. She loves the little Dora yogurt drinks, your son may like something like that (the cartoon bottles are fun). If he won't drink the pedialite (my daughter wouldn't) I was able to get her to drink some light flavored gatorade like strawberry-kiwi (something light in color. Best of luck! This stomach bug is really icky!!

Lightly toasted bread in small pieces, sliced bananas (cut to small size)
lots of pedialite, no milk products. I'm also feeding a little baby oatmeal made with water and a little mashed bananas to my 16 month old grandson who has had a flu bug for 2 days. Seems to keep him happy and only one small messy diaper since 7 a.m. and it's now 10:12.

I agree about BRAT, but use the T for Toast, so Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast. If he doesn't go for any of that, maybe try dipping the bananas in some chocolate syrup?

Try more milk and less juice. My daughter is 3 1/2 and had diareaha off an don longer than 2 weeks over the summer. It was too much jiuce but even ehrn you give more milk and less jiuce it takes a good 2 weeks to start to go back to normal, at least thta is what it was for us.

Pedialyte is really bad tasting...have you tried it? My 9 month old had diarrhea for about a week and the nurse I spoke with recommended to keep him hydrated (nursing as much as possible) and acidophilus. You can get baby-dophilus at Whole Foods in powder form...it worked for us! Good luck. Oh and Triple Paste is supposed to be good for diaper rash.

If you are still breastfeeding him, then keep it up! This will keep him from getting dehydrated, which is the big danger in vomiting and diarrheal illness in infants and toddlers. If you aren't breastfeeding, offer pedialite. Juices will make the problem worse. Don't worry about solids too much. Offer, but he will eat when he's ready.

You need to put him on the BRAT diet Bananas,Rice,Applesauce,Tea...it will keep him hydrated and help to bind him up a little bit and is all mild enough that it wont bother his upset tummy!!! Good luck

Try the BRATT diet, it works great. Feed him bananas, rice, applesauce, tea, and toast and it should do the trick. This seems to work within a day or so. Good luck.

Take it to the dr

make sure you are pumping in alot of fluid,

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