What's Wrong with My Almost 1 Yr Old?

Updated on June 26, 2011
K.C. asks from North Richland Hills, TX
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My little guy will be 1 in 2 weeks.
Friday, Saturday, and today so far, he's been refusing sleep & not eating much at all (maybe 16oz formula in 24 hrs).
He doesn't eat solids...not since he began hardcore teething (he has 14 all ready & 3 molars). He's on Nutramigen (hypo formula) and there's no transitioning to milk.
So, I can't figure out this..(sorry if tmi)...
all those days, with his bowel movements, it's more like he pooped out yellow sour milk smelling water....
at 4am this morning, he woke up and threw up a bunch...his crib was covered in it :(
sleep- he got 7 hrs last night..keeps waking up.. and like now, his eyes are red from lack of sleep and he's been up almost 5 hours but won't sleep. He hates being rocked or held or anything when trying to sleep..
he used to do 10 hours at night, plus 2 2hr naps.
Does it sound like a stomach infection?
I can't remember from when my nieces were younger and his pedi is closed as it is Sunday. Any info will help. Thank you so much!

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answers from Dallas on

Sounds like he has what my 11 mo old has but worse. Monday he started with bad diarrhea. Yellow, watery and smells HORRIBLE! Tuesday daycare wanted me to take him to the dr but I honestly thought it was associated with his teething. Wednesday they called me to come get him. He soiled 3 sets of clothes. Still diarrhea today so I will call the dr tomorrow. He acts fine but little appetite and no vomiting. Both my sons got their first stomach virus at 11 mo. I feel for you and the little one. Most likely a virus. Oh and my oldest sons first one lasted 10 days!! We are on day 7 for my youngest :(

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answers from Portland on

I would call the peds office. There should be an on call doctor who will call you back within an hour and let you know what to do.

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answers from Boston on

Sounds like a possible stomach bug. Your pedi might be closed but you can still call them most have on call service that can offer you advice.

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answers from St. Louis on

Sounds like a stomach virus. I would take him to a local Urgent Care, your pediatrican as soon as they open or see if you doctor office has an after hours number. Also, try your local childrens hospital to talk to a nurse there. Keep offering him formula and water. I personally would avoid the pedialyte unless is it recommended by your pediatrican. My kids doctor advised me not to give it to my kids.

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answers from Kansas City on

Sounds like it could be a bug to me. It also could be his last molar coming in, my kids always got the worst poops with the molars! It sounds terrible for you, honestly, but probably just wait it out and try and give him some pedialyte. It tastes kind of gross honestly, but maybe mix it with half gatorade or half juice? There are little powder packets of pedialyte, kind of like those Crystal Light packs, that taste way better than the bottled stuff. My daughter had a terrible bug last winter and I had lots of battles over fluids! ;) I tried them all and that was the best tasting (well actually Gatorade is the best, but Pedialyte is better for them, so try that first). I'd probably just wait and call the pediatrician in the morning but if you feel like you can't wait, I might try calling a nurse's line today.

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answers from Salt Lake City on

Sounds like a stomach bug to me. If it doesn't clear up in a few days (like after he's been sick for 5 or more total), I'd call the dr.



answers from Boise on

Jello juice is NOT a total replacement for pedialyte.

Here's the issue: Our bodies rely heavily on our electrolytes (sodium, potassium, phosphorus) to be in balance for good health. When our electrolytes get depleted, we can go into shock. You see this in people who get "dehydrated", those who get heat/sun stroke, or who have Addison's syndrome.

Our gastric juices are high in potassium. When there is vomiting or loose stool ocurring, potassium is quickly depleted. That leads to dehydration, blood sugar issues, shock and possible heart failure. That's where pedialyte come in...it has potassium. I don't think Jello does. It only has sugar and then the added sodium that she recommended to put in it. SUGAR and SODIUM play a key role in hydration/electrolyte rebalancing, but potassium will still be needed.

Anyhow, yes he sounds sick. I recommend you request to get him put on an IV drip. It will make a world of difference and it will most likely bring him 'out' of the illness. It's amazing but it really works, it works because the children ARE dehydrated, even if they seem fine. When us adults get the flu like that, and then get extremely weak and sleepy, that is what is happening to us- we are in a form of mini shock from electrolyte imbalance.

All moms should research and understand the warning symptoms of dehydration and also of shock, because the symptoms are very mild and common.




answers from Washington DC on

He is either getting sick or he is growing. My kid was kranky like that every time she grew a lot. Next thing I knew she needed bigger shoes and cloths.



answers from Chicago on

Every mom should have Pedialyte on hand at all times... Little ones can become dehydrated very quickly. It comes in several forms, including posicles! But, if there's no pedialyte in the house, "Jello juice" is a good substitute. Take a regular box of jello (brand doesn't matter) and mix it with 1.5-2 times the amount of water called for and about half tsp of salt. Let them drink it freely. NOTE: their stool will frequently take on the jello color, so don't be frightened if it's purple or green.

You didn't say anything about a fever, so I'll assume that's not an issue.

Diarrhea that lasts more than a day at that age should be reported to your pediatrician who will know if there's a bug going around in the area and based on other reported symptoms can direct treatment -- home based or in the office. The not eating solids should be looked into as well.

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