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DD (25 months) is ill. She started throwing up in the middle of the night and hasn't stopped. She's thrown up six times in the past five hours. She asks to nurse, but then latches on for a few seconds and promptly throws up. She asks to have a drink of water, takes a few sips, and promptly throws up. I am starting to worry, as it has now been 14 hours since she's been able to keep anything at all down. She is starting to get that strung out, sunken look.<br><br>
So when should I be concerned enough to take her to see the doctor? If I call my ped. now, they'll tell me to take her to the ER, as they won't have any available appointments this late in the day. I can think of nothing less desirable than spending several hours in the ER with a miserable baby and a hyperactive preschooler (DS, who is not at all ill), so I really don't want to go ... but when should I just say enough is enough?<br><br>
ETA: She's still producing urine, though not a lot. And she's had two episodes of diarrhea this morning, as well.
 

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I would watch very closly for signs of dehydration, and if at any time you feel she is becoming dehydrated, I would call my pediatrition and request a same day appointment. I know you say it is late in the day, but I would explain that you would like to be seen prior to going to the ER. If they can't get you in, is there an Urgent Care office you could take her to?<br><br>
I would continue to nurse her as much as she would take. Would she try a popsicle?<br><br>
Please watch for signs of dehydration very closely!!! I hope she feels better very soon!
 

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It sounds like she is dehydrated and i would personally take her in if she can't keep anything down for that long of a time period.You can give her a bath if she has no fever because that is one way to help her absorb some liquids.I would start with homeopathic Arsenicum and dose her every 15 minutes with one pellet and if within 2 hours she can't keep anything down i would take her.But again with what you described that is too long for such a young babe.If she can't keep something down after what i recommended please take her.Dehydration is extremly serious in young children.
 

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I would worry about dehydration if she has a sunken soft spot,her hands and feet are cold,you can depress her skin without it bouncing back and possibly blue lips.That would be severe dehydration and can cause seizures.
 

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My ds went through a bought with a stomach virus around 20 months. I could have set my watch by his regular vomiting. He did it at least once an hour for about 16 hours.<br><br>
To keep him hydrated I let him have an ice cube (in one of those mesh baby feeders) to suck on. You can also try giving her a teaspoon of liquid (water or pedialyte) every 15 to 20 minutes. Do not let her have a lot of liquid at one time, it will cause her to vomit again (as you mention she's been doing after nursing). This can cause more dehydration because not only does she throw up what she drank but also more liquid with it.<br><br>
Once it's been at least an hour since the last time she threw up you can try giving her a little bit more liquid. Don't let her binge drink. The more she can keep down over a period of time the more you can increase her intake.<br><br>
Look up all of the signs of dehydration online. If you feel your daughter is getting dehydrated go ahead and call your doc. Take her to the ER if you have to. No one wants to go and sit but dehydration in little ones can go very fast.<br><br>
Once she's been able to hold down liquids and shows an interest in eating again feed her the "brat" diet (bananas, rice, apple sauce and toast -- I've also seen it called the "braty" diet - the "y" for yogurt). Bananas and apple sauce help with solidifying her stools and the rest are just easy on a recovering tummy.<br><br>
And, last but not least be prepared for you and your son to catch it, too. I hope you can avoid it but sometimes these bugs are just so nasty there's nothing you can do.<br><br>
Hugs to you all. Let us know how she's doing.
 

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I've been trying the teaspoonful of water every 15-20 minutes, and that's not working, either. She just vomits EVERYTHING. She's so ill, and this is the first time she's ever had anything even semi-serious, so part of me thinks I'm overreacting. But then most of me knows I'm not.<br><br>
DD doesn't have much of soft spot anymore, so that's not really an indicator. She does have cold hands and feet, but she always has cold hands and feet -- she won't let me put clothes on her most of the time, and we live in North Dakota! She doesn't have blue lips, and her skin is still elastic, so those are good signs. I'll keep a very close eye on her for further symptoms!<br><br>
I just called the ped, and they can't see her today. In fact, I'll have to call again in the morning to try to get a same day appointment for her tomorrow, as they don't do next-day appointments. (It's a military clinic, and they are screwy!) So I can get them to authorize an ER visit, but I haven't asked yet. I'm going to go get the Arsenicum and try that, first. (Thanks Ravenmoon.) If she doesn't improve, or her symptoms of dehydration get worse, I'm ask for the authorization and take her in to the ER.<br><br>
Thanks for the replies, mamas! I really appreciate it.
 

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Try a teaspoonful of pedialyte, bm or juice instead of the water. Don't do gatorade though, that makes it worse. I hope she is better soon <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">:
 

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All of the above... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
Be aware that little ones can hold it together much longer that you would think before they crash. My dd had a similar bug 2 years ago. I did everything I could think of to do at home, and she didn't pee for almost 24 hours. However, when we got to the ER, they said, well, she looks so good, because she was really alert at that particular moment. I almost grabbed the doc by the collar and said, look buddy, she hasn't peed in over 24 hours, not a drop - and I know because she's in cloth diapers! Fortunately, I had called our ped ahead of time, and she went ahead and admitted dd to the ICU! It took 3 IV Fluid boluses before she peed.<br><br>
Try a medicine dropper instead of teaspoons to get the pedialyte down. I wouldn't give it more than another hour or two, if she's still vomiting, unfortunately, you need to take her to the ER.
 

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Hoping your little one is ok!
 

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How's she doing? She still sleeping okay? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2">
 

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Just wanted to update everyone and let you all know that DD is doing better. I did end up taking her to the doctor this morning, just to be sure, but she had stopped vomitting by around two a.m. She has now even eaten something and kept it down! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> The pediatrician did say that there is a very nasty, very violent stomach virus going around -- they've seen A LOT of it, apparently -- and that DD looked amazingly good for all of the vomitting and diarrhea she was experiencing.<br><br>
Anyway, thanks again for all of the support and information! I really apprecaite it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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My son has the same thing. We are now at 11 vomits in 8 hours. Everything comes right up, even breastmilk. Ugh!!!! I am praying I don't have to take him in.<br><br>
The thing is, he is otherwise feeling fine?!?!? He is his normal self, only with a lot of puking.
 
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