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Hi Mamas,<br>
My 21 month olf DD has a *lovely* virus that is going around. She had mild diarrhea with episodes of severe for the past 8 days. She's also vomited a few times, but not regularly. Last night it got much worse, with bad diarrhea and super stinky vomit. Went to the dr. this am. He said she should follow the BRAT diet for a few more days until all of the test results come back in. We've been following the BRAT diet for 7 days, plus have included organic whole milk yogurt and jello on the advice of our nurse (yogurt for the good bacteria, Jello to help prevent dehydration, as DD will not drink Pedialyte. We've also added plain pasta, bc DD doesn't like toast).<br>
What other food suggestions do you all have? I'm sick of feeding her only bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, plain pasta, yogurt, water, and small amounts of Jello, as she doesn't like it.<br>
Here are my goals:<br>
1) Prevent dehydration- DD wont' drink Pedialyte<br>
2) Slow down/ stop diarrhea- BRAT diet<br>
3) stop weight loss- ? She's tiny anyway- we can't afford for her to loose much more weight.<br>
Thanks for your help!<br>
~maddymama
 

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We've all had the same horrible virus.<br>
Whole apples, crackers, white potatoes, and frozen fruit juice pops have gone really well.<br>
And just a few bites of anything at a time.<br><br>
... Off to make Jello! Glad I read your post, i totally forgot about Jello.
 

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I think pedialyte makes electrolyte popsicles, so she might be willing to go with that. I have no idea how pedialyte tastes, but gatorade or powerade might taste better to her and both of those will keep her hydrated and her electrolyte levels in the normal range. Broth with noodles or baked sweet potatoes could help as well. Really anything she's willing to eat at this point will help her. The BRAT diet works because of the vitamins, fiber, and it's blandness, but if she doesn't want to eat it, it won't help.<br><br>
I hope your baby feels better soon.
 

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Thanks for the ideas and info, Mamas. I've made up a short list and will get some goodies from the food store in the morning.<br>
~maddymama
 

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just a few thoughs - prolonged tummy bugs can make you sensative to dairy and wheat. I would drop the yougurt and get a good powdered probiotic (udos choice makes a good kids one that you can hide in anything)<br>
I would also cut out the wheat - grab a package of rice pasta and use it like regular stuff - it tastes almost the same.<br>
Jello is full of sugar - get a pkg of unflavored gelatine and make the jello 1/2 or 1/4 strength using the unflavored gelatine to gel<br>
Good luck we had this here just into the new year and it sucked but it gets better
 

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ha ha ha ha ha.... that's why we didn't buy the red Jell-os.
 

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or blue! Blue is the worst (IMHO). I was so exhausted from taking care of sick kids when she told me that. I probably would have gotten a red one just because those are the flavors I like best. I was so thankful for that bit of wisdom.<br><br>
Is your DD feeling any better?
 

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She seems to be better. No vomiting since Thursday night and she hasn't pooped since yesterday morning. She is in a much better mood, and actually wanted to play and run around today. HOPEFULLY we are over the worse of it (knock on wood).....<br>
She is enjoying the additions to the BRAT diet. Thanks for asking.<br>
~maddymama
 

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No, Gatorade products aren't recommended for children under age 2. The sugar content is too high, and it might actually make your baby's diarrhea problem worse.<br><br>
Once your baby is 6 months old, you can give him an electrolyte solution, like Pedialyte or Kao Lectrolyte. These are formulated especially to give your child the right amounts of sugar and salt for rehydration, if needed. They come in many flavors and even as popsicles: Once your baby is eating well from a spoon, you can partially melt the popsicle and spoon-feed it to him.<br><br>
Electrolyte solutions are only supplements, though. It's important to continue breastfeeding or formula feeding your baby while he has diarrhea, so he'll get the nutrition and calories he needs.<br><br>
If your baby has diarrhea and is younger than 6 months, give his doctor a call. She may recommend an electrolyte solution as a supplement to breastfeeding or formula feeding, and she may want you to bring him in for a visit.</td>
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I just wanted to take a second look at the supposed Gatorade treatment. Well I guess it's always better to use the specifically formulated stuff but if nothing else helps some pediatricians may advise you to dilute it with water to lower the sugar content.
 
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