Originally Posted by Wendy HS
I have a newborn baby and my whole family has come down with a virus with diarreah. I am unsure of how to keep the baby from getting it. We are scrubbing, washing, disinfecting, but we've still all ended up with it. I am breast feeding and trying to drink a lot of water, but it just goes right through me. How do I stay hydrated and is there anything safe to take over the counter. My midwife said to take Imodium and to drink gatoraid. Is there anything else I can do to protect my little one? Thanks for any suggestions.
I'd minimize the people who touch the baby. If you can be the only one until the virus runs its course, that would probably be best. I hope baby escapes it - my husband and I got sick several times in our daughter's first year and she was always the healthy one!
Immodium might be OK if you just can't manage the diarrhea, but I think letting your body rid yourself of whatever it's trying to get rid of might be a good course of action. When I've taken Immodium, I end up constipated and feel awful from that. Do force down the Gatorade as much as you can, and anything else that sits OK for you. Chia seeds can add bulk to your stools too. I hope you are all better soon!