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#1 of 5 Old 01-02-2007, 01:38 AM - Thread Starter
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My 22 month old DD has been vomiting for 4 days. I'm breastfeeding her like crazy, and she's been keeping most of it down for the last 24 hours. But, if we give her anything other than breastmilk, she vomits. I looked at Dr. Sears signs of dehydration, and she's probably moderately dehydrated (which he says is not time to panic, just to be concerned).

We're visiting my family for the holidays, and I'm getting EXTREME pressure from them to take her to a doctor. But, we live in Europe and don't have a doctor in the U.S. And so we'll end up at an emergency room, they'll probably give her an IV and make me stop nursing her--I don't want to do this.

My family thinks they won't put her on an IV but will give her a suppository to stop the vomiting. This did not sound natural to me and therefore not a great idea. Anyone have thoughts on the use of suppositories to stop vomiting? Thanks!
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My little one needed those often during her first 2 years. She has GI issues (feeding tube, etc) and she vomited to the point of dehydration and IV's a few times. The ped prescribed the suppositories and I had a supply at home. After I got those, I only had to take her to ER one more time. Those things worked to keep her home and for that I'm grateful.

I'm sorry your baby is vomiting so much. If she's somewhat active still, talking, crying tears, moist lips, and willing to keep nursing, she's probably okay to stay home. Just keep pushing the fluids. You might even use a medicine syringe to give her some water, decaf tea, or broth in between nursing. Make sure to give her a little bit at a time, but do it often. This will help to prevent vomiting.

If you go to the ER they will most likely put in an IV right away unless you are very firm about them not doing it. If you don't consent to the IV they will wonder why you are there. They like to see babies hydrated because they can go downhill so fast when dehydrated. It's amost standard procedure to get an IV of fluids. I really doubt they will tell you to stop nursing. And if they do you can tell them your rights as a parent. They can't make you stop nursing.

If you would rather just have the suppositories and avoid an IV, I would suggest going to a pediatric urgent care center instead. If I had to chose between IV and suppositories on a child who was not severely dehydrated, I would choose the suppositories. Much less traumatic.

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when I took ds in, they did a suppository to stop vomiting, and IV's never came up, and he was only 6mths old. I think it depends on the hospital and the ped.
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my guess is they'd want to rehydrate imediately with an IV. the supository is for anti-vomiting medicine, so they could put the first dose in the IV but send you home with supositories for later on.

that's my ER experience from last year and the year before, when SIX fmaily members had to go in. (I got the ambulance)

I can't imagine why nursing or not nursing would be an issue.

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It all depends on the MD in the ED.. and how dehydrated your child may be. Most ED docs are good at looking at the child.. unlike adults who mask illness, kids who are sick = look sick. If she has moist eyes, tears, and is nursing.. then rehydration via IV can be waived. As for meds via supp. They will prob give Zofran or Phenergan. This is to ease the vomiting and to allow for gastric rest and rehydration. BF is always good and if she is keeping it down, then all the better. Sounds like a virus, if no vomiting for the last 24 hrs, then I would keep on nursing and watch her for signs of a worsening condition. Lethargic, not playing, no interest in BFing, no wet diapers. If you decide to not have rehydration via IVs and are against suppositories for the vomiting.. then there is no need to waste time and money at the ED. Wait and see, you should be at the end of the virus.. You are from Europe? Could there be an issue with drinking water or cooking methods that is upsetting her tummy?
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