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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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Neural Neural 9 years
Yeah, my daughter rarely gets juice but the pedialyte works really well for us.
SugarKat SugarKat 9 years
My daughter doesn't drink juice, but we gave her lots of the pedialite. She lost a bunch of weight, but kept hydrated which was important...
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
By trial and error, I've discovered that its best to let your child decide what and when they want to eat, for sure. It makes sense...when you're sick you know exactly what you can and can't stomach. I also let my son (now 4) decide for himself how much he's going to drink and how fast. I used to dole it out in spoonfulls every 15 minutes or whatever, and he gets back on his feet SO much faster when he drinks when he wants. Also, I've discovered that you REALLY need to make sure they're taking in at least a little sugar regularly. A little bit of a popsicle, a little apple juice in water...otherwise their blood sugar levels will start to dip and that's when the big downward spiral kicks in in earnest. I'm surprised these recommendations aren't specific about what type of juice. If baby is having diarrhea at all, any kind of juice besides apple juice will exacerbate that. So much of this is trial and error, though. If you have a little puker like my first one was, do NOT be afraid to listen to your instincts and try something that you are pretty sure will work. Don't just keep plugging away at something that isn't working just because someone told you to.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
"Allow your child to eat what he or she prefers–the type of food is not important." This is what our doctor recommends now, with the exception of avoiding stuff like sports drinks, sodas, and the like. It's worked so much better than when we tried to do toast, rice, etc. It basically came down to they knew what sounded good, and listening to their body. Also, if they're breastfeeding, nurse as often as possible. :) Best way to eliminate a tummy bug. We never give full strength fruit juice anyway.
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