August 27, 2007,
M.D. asks from Rowlett, TX on August 26, 2007
What Do I Feed My 13 Month Old After Throwing up in the Middle of the Night?
We went to get my daughter this morning and she had throw up all over her and her bed. I feel horrible for her! After a bath, a little milk, and a bite of banana, she is happy as can be with no fever or fussiness. So I'm wondering if I should just feed her what I normally would and let her be the judge of how much she wants to eat, or do I limit her food and modify what I give her? This is the first time she has done this and I don't remember my son doing this until he was much older, 2 1/2 in fact.
A.C. answers from Dallas on August 27, 2007
N.O. answers from Dallas on August 26, 2007
T.F. answers from Dallas on August 27, 2007
Do you know what caused the "sickness"?
My daughter did this a couple of times in her first year and after the second time, we figured out that sinus drainage gagged her and the throw-up was caused by her gag-reflux and not a sickness at all. If you think this is the cause, you can feed her like normal and just treat the post-nassal drip or sinus drainage issue! Otherwise, I would alter her diet slightly: feed her stuff at little easier on the stomach than usual(nothing acidic or too heavy) and stuff to hydrate her and just watch her. It is probably nothing if she acts fine!
Just a thought!
M.D. answers from Dallas on August 26, 2007
My pediarician always told me to follow the "brat" diet for a day or two- bananas, rice, applesauce and toast. Also, milk is not the best if her tummy is upset- offer pedialyte or juice. Once these stay down, move on to regular foods. Good Luck- hope she is feeling better!
L.Z. answers from Dallas on August 27, 2007
I agree with everyone else about the BRAT diet. That is what my pedi recommends as well. He also suggested some watered-down gatorade so as not to get dehydrated. Good luck!
M.F. answers from Dallas on August 26, 2007
We've always been told to follow the "B-R-A-T" diet - bananas, rice, applesauce and toast -- for tummy problems. Also, to keep them hydrated with some sort of electrolyte drink like pedialyte or gatorade (my kids would never drink pedialyte, so it was always gatorade for us).
ALso, the rule was to wait 10 minutes after vomiting to give them anything, then offer fluids only at first. If they keep that down, offer something from the BRAT list.
Typically though, in my experience, if the kid is actually hungry, they're usually ok to eat. They will naturally be self-limiting. If they don't feel like eating, the only thing you should worry about is fluids.
P.R. answers from Dallas on August 27, 2007
Our pediatrician has always told us to follow the BRAT diet for a little while after vomiting, it's bananas, rice, apple sauce, and toast. Also he told us no milk or dairy products for a little while too because they just upset the stomach more, I've found this to be true with our daughter.
J.S. answers from Dallas on August 27, 2007
DON'T GIVE HER MILK!! Dairy is bad if she's been throwing up. Give her Pedialyte and the banana is probably a good choice. If she holds the Pedialyte down, then by the end of the day you might be able to do milk again. Dairy is just heavy and can curdle in her stomach if she's sick.
P. answers from Dallas on August 27, 2007
There is a virus going around. We know a few kids that have gotten it (as has my daughter). It's vomiting and a low fever. But it only lasts 24 hours. It's over as suddenly as it starts. I think my daughter caught it at the playground at Stonebriar mall.
B.H. answers from Dallas on August 26, 2007
My 2 y/o had the barfing flu last night too... We "brat"ed it all day today. I offered 3 meals & snack and just let her eat what she wanted. My this evening she was back to her old self.
L.C. answers from Dallas on August 27, 2007
I don't know if you are still breastfeeding at this point, but breastmilk is as safe as water for something like this. My son's been throwing up too, and my milk supply is low from my new pregnancy, so I pulled out a bottle of frozen breast milk to give him some more calories and fluid. The only thing he would keep down was breast milk, water, and toast. (He's 17 months).
L.S. answers from Dallas on August 27, 2007
BRAT diet is good but also try and make sure she gets extra fluids and not too quickly or she'll through up again. Start with ice cubes. Popsicles are good too.
L.A. answers from Dallas on August 27, 2007
My pediatrician told me that pedialyte is a waste of money, and most juice brands are all sugar anways, so I give water or orange juice. As well as the Brat diet.
A.K. answers from Dallas on August 27, 2007
I have always done the BRAT diet, but you need to be sure that you are giving her a lot of water and/or pedialyte. I have found that the pedialyte popsicles are the easiest way to get my son to take pedialyte - like a treat! The biggest problem that children have after throwing up is dehydration... especially in August in Texas! Good luck and I hope that your precious little one gets well soon!