Aug 17, 2016

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My Kiddo is Super Sick and I’m Worried

My-Kiddo-is-Super-Sick-and-I'm-WorriedI’m always amazed at how quickly my kids can go down with an illness. Luckily, they usually bounce back just as quickly. But sometimes I worry that when they’ve vomited or had diarrhea so bad and they get so weak that there could be real problems.

So, here are some things to think about. When your little one is this sick they are losing fluids and minerals that are important to their body. If enough fluid is lost, the kiddo can become dehydrated. I asked our experts in the Emergency Department about it and here’s what they had to say:

You can usually prevent this problem by giving your child plenty of fluids. The best choices are products like Pedialyte, Infalyte, Ricelyte or Rehydralyte. These solutions safely replace the fluids and minerals your child’s body has lost. You can buy these at most grocery stores. If your child prefers a fruitier flavor, you may add 1 teaspoon of presweetened sugar-free Kool-Aid to a chilled 1-liter bottle. The mixture may also be frozen to make popsicles or crushed in a blender after freezing.

If your child is not vomiting, you do not need to limit the amount you give. Do encourage your child to take about ½ cup or 4 ounces after each liquid stool or every hour. Give liquid by spoon or in small sips. An older child may need 1 cup or 8 ounces every hour.

If your child is vomiting, give one teaspoon every 1 to 2 minutes.

How can you tell if they are becoming dehydrated?

  • Dry mouth with little or no drool
  • Dry eyes, may not have any tears
  • May be thirsty or not urinate as often as usual
  • Eyes look sunken or skin will be slow to go back to normal position when pinched
  • Unusually fussy or sleepy

Call your health care provider when:

  • stool has blood or pus in it
  • vomiting for more than 8 hours or the vomit shoots out all at once
  • stomach is swollen or bloated
  • fever
  • abdominal pain for more than 2 hours

What foods will help my child get better if they have diarrhea but no vomiting?

Encourage your child to drink plenty of fluids and eat regular meals. Continue to breast or bottle feed your infant. The following are good solid foods for your child to eat:

  • Starchy foods such as cooked baby cereals, oatmeal, rice, non-sugared cereals, noodles, potatoes, bread, yogurt
  • Fruits (not packed in syrup), vegetables (do not add butter)
  • Chicken, fish or other meat that is well cooked.

I hope this helps you if you are unfortunate to experience this. But let’s face it, if you have kids there will be vomit and diarrhea at some point. It’s a glamorous life.

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