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My 8 month old is cutting some teeth and has been running a slight fever and has had an upset tummy. Yesterday he wasn't keeping much down. Between noon and 9pm he only urinated twice and it was very strong. I called the doc to see what he'd say. I wasn't expecting too much but the "advice" I got did throw me for a loop. He said to give my son Pedialyte because it "gets absorbed" like breastmilk doesn't? I asked him that and he started back tracking saying "well, maybe he wants something new" so I told him I didn't think now was the time to start practicing the new skill of drinking from a cup since my son has only ever drank from me. Poor doc seemed kind of surprised by this. I'm sure he's used to moms who formula feed and start solids early so an exclusively breastfed 8 month old was just odd... but his advice still wasn't the greatest. In the end I regretted calling since I didn't learn anything and decided to just keep nursing (like I knew I should from the beginning, but had those mama doubts).
 

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Had the same advice given by my Dr. office ( not my DD's DR.) the nurse told me to stop nursing and give only pedilite to her when she had the flu. "pump and dump" she said!! Why would I dump? I asked her? I siad ok I will try to give her pedilite. After we gave it to her she got so dehydrated adn we had to take her to the hosp. Argh where they later told me NURSE and gave me pedialite ( $300 ) after she nursed she perked up! and didnt have to stay! ARGH. This reminds me I need to print out info on how to treat vomiting for a breatfed baby for my DD'd dr. office. I dont this the Dr. ever knew they told me this.
 

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I got that HORRIBLE advice w/ my first ds. And he never got really sick, so I still thought that was standard (duh. I don't know why!) So when my now 2 year old got sick when he was about 15 mos or so, I tried to give him Pedialyte (as well as nurse.) When I took him in to the ped's, the PA looked at me like I was nuts when I said I'd been trying to get him to drink pedialyte but he only wanted to nurse. SHe said of course he wants to nurse, that's the best thing for him. Offer him the breast before anything else, at least once an hour during the day when he's this sick. Only offer water or Pedialyte if you think your supply isn't keeping up, which almost never happens.<br><br>
I'm glad I have more knowledgable peds and their PA now. Makes my life much easier when I feel ok and secure calling them for advice, knowing they're going to give me GOOD advice, not bad.
 

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Just in case there is anyone cruising around and wondering here is a link that does a great job on explaining the dfferences between Pedialyte and breastmilk and why breastmilk is sooo much better.<br><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/health/illness/baby-illness.html#Pedialyte" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/health/illne...html#Pedialyte</a>
 

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I don't think this advice is breastmilk specific. My ds was fighting a baaaaad cold this last week and my doc told me to give him pedialyte, no formula, for 24 hours. I didn't understand why, but apparently milk makes mucus thicker (or something like that, I forget exactly what and where I read it). We picked up some pedialyte but he wouldn't drink it, so we just kept offering the formula a little at a time.<br><br>
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Since formula is usually made of cow's milk and cow's milk can cause excess mucus production that's probably why the dr recommended it. Breastmilk is vastly different than cow's milk and doesn't cause the excess mucus production like cow's milk does. Unfortunately not enough drs seem to realize that which is quite sad.
 

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Ds and I recently had the most horrible case of the "stomach flu". I couldn't even keep water down. I was so extremly dehydrated when he started to vomit and my body could not keep up with the demand of him attempting to nurse every hour. DS was getting dehydrated so DH when to the store and bought pedialyte for DS. Well ds is 14 months old and has a mind of his own and would not drink it. I thought great $6 down the drain and the poor thing is still sick. Then I looked at the ingred. list and thought I was so happen that he did not drink it. That stuff is loaded with chemicals, (I know they have to add the minerals but it artical flavor and coloring too). I tasted the stuff and it was awful, thank god he didn't drink it!<br>
Anyway after a few days of feeling parched we are feeling much better and happy that the body knows where to send the little fluid I had in the case of an emerg...... To DS!<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/nocirc.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nocirc"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bftoddler.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bftoddler">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/learning.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Learning">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/cd.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Cd">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hang.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hang"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/flower.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="flower"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/cat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="cat">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/familybed2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Familybed2">
 

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I have a friend who is a LC at the hospital- she says that when there is a situation when a sick child is only allowed to have clear fluids, that breastmilk qualifies, but formula doesn't... good to know!
 

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Just a note to add re: pedialyte. I recently learned that if no breastmilk or not enough breastmilk is available, raw coconut water from a young(the white ones with pointy tops) coconut is better than pedialyte, it contains lauric acid like bm does...and it tastes a whole lot better too so more chance the child will drink it!
 
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