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Baby Wellness: Sick Baby

At 5:00a.m. yesterday, I had a rude awakening. My lil one was sick and it showed itself in her crib. I called the doctor and she said a tummy bug was going around. Not what I wanted to hear, but at least she gave me some pointers on what to do with a sick 13-month-old. The guidelines are very similar on WebMD.

To take note of these helpful tips just

  • When giving clear liquids, they should include fruit juice mixed to half strength with water, oral rehydration solution (ORS), clear broth, and gelatin dessert.
  • You can also offer ORS frozen pops to your child (like Pedialyte).
  • Do not give your child plain water, undiluted fruit juice, or soda pop. (see why here)
  • Gradually start to offer your child regular foods after 6 hours with no vomiting.
  • Offer crackers, toast, broths, mild soups, mashed potatoes, rice, and breads to your older child.
  • Allow your child to eat what he or she prefers–the type of food is not important.
  • Avoid high-fiber foods, such as beans, and foods with a lot of sugar, such as candy or ice cream.
  • Do not give your child a prescription medicine to stop vomiting unless your doctor specifically tells you to do so.

And my advice to fellow moms is to get some vapo–rub for yourself. Swipe it under your nose and it will block some of the heinous smells you encounter. More importantly, hug and love on your babe as much as you can. I know I still want to be cuddled by my mom when I'm feeling ill.

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