I am pretty sure that 7 yr old ds is dehydrated. He said he hasn't peed since last night. He was up in the middle of the night crying that his head hurt "really, really bad" I gave him 1/2 dose of Tylenol and some ice water, but he slept fitfully the rest of the night. This is the 3rd time in the last 10 days that he has woken in the night, crying of a headache. He hasn't ever been much of a drinker, but that no pee since last night concerns me. His skin is normal, but he's pale and running low grade temp. I have offered everything, but he takes no more than a few sips, saying that it doesn't taste good. He hasn't eaten anything all day, and he didn't eat any dinner last night. Obviously, I'm not going to hold him down and force him to eat/drink, but his body is yelling at him to drink, and he isn't doing it. I've offered everything, including his absolute favorite drink, homemade lemonade, and he just isn't interested. I wondered if he might have a migraine, I've never had one, but dh has and ds is acting a lot like that, holding his head, wimpering, and very sensitive to sound.
What can I do for him? I've talked to him about his body telling him to drink something, but he keeps saying that "It doesn't taste good" How can I help him? How long can this last without him needing fluids? I mean, he says he hasn't gone to the bathroom since last night before bed, we went to bed about 8:30 last night....so that's over 18 hours with no urine output??? Scared and worried. What should I do?
It sounds like a mirgraine with the dehydration making it worse. If he's that lethargic, I would take him to a doctor or the ER. I started getting mirgraines at 8 and I wish someone had taken me seriously.
I would def. go to the er on this one. I agree with the op about dehydration making migraines worse, and also wish someone would have taken me seriously(i suffered abdominal migraines as a child). Please get him some help for his pain.
We just got back from the ER. Meningitis was my fear as well, but his wbc count came back normal. They think virus. Migraine, causing him not to want to eat/drink, dehydration, and fever for the virus.
They gave him a 2tsp dose of Motrin
and within 30-45 minutes, he was walking around. I just hate dosing with meds like that, I hate the idea of fooling their little bodies, but I guess, in this case, it was necessary. Then, he said he was hungry so I told him he could choose whatever he wanted to eat, he chose Arby's.
He ate an entire sandwich, so I'm not complaining.