G.F. asks from Hollywood, FL on October 04, 2008
Vomitting and Diaharea
Yesterday I had to take my almost 2yr old out of school due to vomitting. The teachers explained that they believe is a virus and that other kids had not come into school because of the same symtoms. When I went and got him, there was another mom picking up her child from the school with the same complaints.
From my knowledge I have been giving him pedialyte, now to complicate things even more he has started diaharea (extremely watery with the smell of rotten egg and a yellow color). Its not yet 24hrs and he has vomitted 7times and diaharea 6times.
Has anyone lately had to deal with this and what do u give them to eat apart from pedialyte, anything to control these symtoms. Worse my medicaid has just been terminated. Help please!!! I have emailed his Dr. and plan to call him this morning and see him on monday but for the sake of getting thru the weekend- Any advise out there.
S.M. answers from Miami on October 07, 2008
G., don't e-mail anybody. Get him to the emergency room immediately! There is no normal reason I know of for a 2-year-old to have diarrhea that is that foul-smelling unless the child has actually eaten rotten eggs. If he is vomiting and making diarrhea that frequently, you may not be able to give him enough Pedialyte or ANY fluid to keep him from getting dehydrated. It is very dangerous for any child to get dehydrated. What you're giving him is just coming right back out of both ends. Get him medical attention IMMEDIATELY.
K.D. answers from Gainesville on October 05, 2008
Only give him food as tolerated. The Pedialyte will keep him hydrated (that is why it is recommended) and replenish nutrients. If you attempt food, try dry toast or the BRAT diet and monitor his reaction to the food. A doctor will usually only help if the child gets dehydrated. That is their main concern so keep up the Pedialyte and offer as much love and support as you can.
V.W. answers from Jacksonville on October 04, 2008
Pedialyte not any milk products. If you don't have any at home, or it's too expensive, an alternative is to dilute some Gatorade. They are NOT the same, but are similar, and will help against potential dehydration (which is the biggest danger from a stomach bug). And both are better than any milk products right now.
Only offer him very small servings of plain crackers, and don't insist he eat if he doesn't want it. His tummy needs to rest. When he has stopped the vomiting (or gone for 4 hours or so without vomiting), offer him something from the B.R.A.T. diet. (Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, plain Toast). Again, stay away from anything dairy or anything with high amounts of sugar. Dairy is harder on the digestive tract, and sugars can worsen diarrhea.
Watch him for signs of dehydration.. being sleepy and sleeping alot is normal, but if he is difficult to wake up, that can be a sign of dehydration.
These stomach bugs are part of life with a toddler. Seems like my little boy had one every 6 - 10 months from age 1 through age 5 or 6. He'll be okay. Just let him rest and if possible sit with him.. he'll get comfort from cuddling with you. Put in a calm movie (Winnie the Pooh..?) and let him curl up on the sofa with a blanket.. and a sippy of cold water/Pedialyte/diluted Gatorade. Offer him small sips frequently. No gulping.
If his bottom gets sore from the diarrhea, you can let him sit in a baking soda bath for a little bit, if he feels up to it.
I hope he is feeling better soon.
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T.R. answers from Orlando on October 05, 2008
There is nothing worse than sitting there watching your lil one puking and not being able to do anything about it. I have been there! My son is 3 1/2 now, and had a similar virus when he was 2, it was so hard and I think I cried more than him. But one thing I learned is that he knew what his body could handle. I made sure he stayed hydrated and if he would eat something I made him dry toast. I also gave him some 7-up, I know when I would get sick it seemed to help. A little mixed with pedialyte worked great. Dont try to push food on him if he does not want it. As long as he is getting fluids in then you are doing exactly what needs to be done. There is not much a doctor can do at this point other than tell you it is a virus and charge you an arm and a leg! Cuddle him as much as you can, let him sleep as much as he wants, and keep him hydrated. That is about all you can do until the virus runs its horrible coarse. Oh, and I hop you don't get it too! Good luck and take care of yourself.
N.G. answers from Pensacola on October 05, 2008
My 20 month old had the same thing 2 weeks ago. I gave her lots of bananas, applesauce, toast, and some rice (she doesn't like rice). The BRAT diet foods (bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast) act as binders to kind of gum everything up. My girl was fine after a few days.
S.S. answers from Boca Raton on October 05, 2008
It looks like you have gotten alot of great advice already, i just had one thing to add! If he is still vomiting you can give him a teaspoon of heavy peach syrup every 15 minutes to settle his stomach. (get a can of peaches in heavy syrup but dont give him the peaches!). It sounds crazy but it works every time. Keep him hydrated as well. Good luck.
T.B. answers from Miami on October 05, 2008
Dehydration is a serious complication when a young child is vomiting and has diarrhea. I don't mean to scare you but I would call the pediatrician immediately for advice. If it were my ped, I know that he would recommend a trip to the E.R. My sister is an R.N. and whenever my children has had vomitting, she's always suggested that a child not having anything to eat or drink for at least an hour after vomitting. However, since diarrhea is also present, dehydration is very possible. Please call your pediatrician now.
S.V. answers from Ocala on October 05, 2008
Try the brat diet...and keep a bowl handy
M.H. answers from Orlando on October 04, 2008
no sense in taking him to doctor unless he is dehydrated or has a fever you cannot bring down. virus's are very common at this age, even if you think one is "not going around". doctors can't do anything for them anyway.
put him on the brats diet.
bananas, rice, applesauce, toast and sports drinks or something like pedialyte.
he will get better but he will probably loose a few pounds. don't freak out.
look up signs of dehydration though so you can be aware if he gets really sick.
L.N. answers from Jacksonville on October 05, 2008
Hi G., when my daughter was 14 months she got a virus that sounds very similar and was sent to the hospital twice for dehydration so having said that keep your son hydrated. little bits at a time if he is still vomiting. you can try the BRAT diet, if he has stopped vomiting, which is Banannas, Rice, Apple sauce (the kind with no sugar added) and Toast. Good luck I know this sucks!!!