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Super~Single~Mama 03:48 PM 10-28-2010
How long would you wait before taking him to the doctor??? Getting him there requires walking (can't afford a cab), and my ex (who has a car) doesn't get off work to give us a ride until much later - at what point do you walk him to the dr??

It's been going on for about 45minutes I think so far - I change his diaper, and then in 5min max I have to change him again.

Yesterday he was throwing up, and was lethargic, so we took him to the ER about 7pm, they gave him an anti-nausea pill, and told us to expect some diarrhea. WWYD?? (btw, ALL the kiddos in his daycare got this within 24hours of each other, but none were as sick as DS)

I'll check back soon, HELP!!!

ETA - last night he couldn't even keep down Breastmilk, and its running right through him right now too.

scottishmommy's Avatar scottishmommy 03:50 PM 10-28-2010
Have you called your pediatrician?
dachshundqueen's Avatar dachshundqueen 03:51 PM 10-28-2010
Follow the signs for dehydration.

If your child appears to be dehydrated or lethargic, honey, you're going to have to walk or call a cab.

cycle's Avatar cycle 03:51 PM 10-28-2010
I would call the ped and ask them.
Mosaic's Avatar Mosaic 03:52 PM 10-28-2010
The biggest concern would be dehydration. Is your toddler drinking plenty of fluids or showing signs of dehydration? Generally speaking, once his intestinal track is clear, the loose stools will stop. I know how awful it is to see your child sick, and if you're worried then at least call the nurse's line for advice or just go right in. Otherwise, I, personally, tend to wait it out, especially if my LO is acting ok (or just a bit sick) and I don't see anything in particular that's worrisome.
crunchy_mommy's Avatar crunchy_mommy 04:05 PM 10-28-2010
Unless he is otherwise acting fine, I would call & speak to your doctor (or nurse) and see what they think, whether they want you to come in or wait it out a little longer.
Super~Single~Mama 04:20 PM 10-28-2010
Thanks everyone, it seems that the fluid he had before his nap has gone through him, its been 15minutes without anything. He's acting pretty normal right now (a little low energy, but he's hardly been able to eat, so thats expected). Definitely NOT lethargic right now, he;s eating a few crackers right now, and talking to me, and on the phone, and to his toy Elmo. He's also asking me to read to him.

I'm going to wait and see how he does.

Super~Single~Mama 01:48 PM 10-29-2010
He's still sick. He keeps asking to eat, but every time he eats he throws up. So, I just fed him 2 saltine crackers, and a few sips of pedialyte, and he was SO mad - kept saying "want to eat, want to eat" I waited him out, while comforting him of course, and he finally went to sleep and is taking a nap right now.

I just feel SO badly that he's so miserable!
Chamomile Girl's Avatar Chamomile Girl 02:00 PM 10-29-2010
My kid had the throwing up thing a couple of weeks ago. I found that he could keep broth down. Do you have a chicken broth stash? I simmer mine for a bit with ginger and garlic and then add a dollop of miso.

Poor little guy. Take care of yourself too, because my whole family ended up with the barfing misery.
KikaKika's Avatar KikaKika 02:24 PM 10-29-2010
Hi mama!
I am not a medical worker, but this is what worked for us and our close family member when youngest ones had diarrhea. Please check with your Ped or do your research before using any of these tips.

Do you use probiotics? Up your dosage and breastfeed him as much as possible.

Also if you have baby probiotics -that would be very helpful (not only in case like this but as prevention, esp. for daycare kids). If there is any kind of health food store close to you? Baby Jarrowdophilus: http://www.jarrow.com/product/201/Baby_s_Jarro_Dophilus is one of the good ones, or Infant Primadophilus Reuteri by Nature's way : http://www.supersup.com/supplements-...tm_campaign=gb

Also Udo's Choice Infant Probiotic.

Breastmilk is best possible thing for him right now.
And if you offer water - turn it into a elektrolyte by adding a tiny amoung of sea salt. With diarrhea, there is problem with loosing elektrolytes as well, not only loosing water.

Did you go to the doctor yesterday or today? What was the pill that they gave him at the ER?

Small bites work best, and if you add liquid other than breastmilk - give it on a spoon and wait between spoons for several minutes (that way, irritated stomach won't spasm and he won't throw up everything - large amounts of food to fast can irritate the stomach and it comes out).

Marshmallow root- us very soothing to the mucus lining irritated by throwing up, and it soothes stomach and intestines, too. Health food stores have Celebration Herbals brand with pretty good Marshmallow Root : (looks like this, but Root only): http://www.vitacost.com/Images/Produ...8240201614.jpg

To prepare - put one tablespoon of M.roots in a cup of cold water, and stir occasionally over the next 2-3 hours. It will release mucilagenous substance that heals mucus membranes and by using cold water, you avoid cooking the plant and release of starches...

I am not sure if you started using honey yet, but for toddler who use honey, this can be added to warm water/pinch od sea salt mix/ for taste and extra nutrients, and some kids prefer a bit of lemon juice mixed with all this (and it adds Vit C - always good!).

It sounds like it is passing, so hang in there mama!
KikaKika's Avatar KikaKika 02:29 PM 10-29-2010
Also - diarrhea is actually good, it helps get rid of whatever "offender" is in the intestines, so if they offer pills that are anti-diarrheal they actually make everything last longer but that one symptom - diarrhea - gets masked.
blessedwithboys's Avatar blessedwithboys 02:43 PM 10-29-2010
Originally Posted by KikaKika View Post
Also - diarrhea is actually good, it helps get rid of whatever "offender" is in the intestines, so if they offer pills that are anti-diarrheal they actually make everything last longer but that one symptom - diarrhea - gets masked.
I agree with this. When my ds2 gets sick, he usually gets pukey. If he feels like throwing up but can't, I give him small sips of milk. By the time the cup is down, he barfs and takes a nap and wakes up feeling much better. Purging is good for the body to clear the germs.

We use Vitamin Water for vomiting/pooping. Don't know if it's as "good" as Pedialyte, but it works for us.

Hope your little man is feeling better soon!
DaughterOfKali's Avatar DaughterOfKali 02:47 PM 10-29-2010
My son gets seriously dehydrated VERY quickly when ill. All it takes for him is a couple hours vomiting or diarrhea and he ends up in the hospital. Last time it happened (last month), he had to be admitted overnight.

You may want to call the doc, just in case.
Super~Single~Mama 02:50 PM 10-29-2010
Thanks everyone. I haven't been letting him nurse much b/c he's not keeping BM down as well as the pedialyte - which is the ONLY thing that stays in his tummy. BM makes him puke (and I can't control how much he gets b/c I can't tell how much he's taking even though my supply is ridiculously low). Before he went down for a nap he ate 2 saltines, and its been over an hour and no puking yet. Hopefully that means a few bites of cracker and a few sips of pedialyte will work and he's almost over this.

From talking to other mom's from daycare (one baby was sick last week, and this week ALL 3 of the other babies got it within 24hours of each other), he should be almost done being sick. I think the other babies are pretty much feeling better, if just a bit low energy (I say babies, but they are all within 5months of each other in age - definitely all toddlers) and not eating too well.

I'll see if I can get probiotics, but the nearest health food store is pretty far, and I really don't want to take ds on the bus (I'm a single mama with no car).

Right now we're playing the waiting game. Hopefully he's better soon.