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Caitlin - posted on 12/15/2009 ( 40 moms have responded )

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Madelynn is two months old.

The past two days she has done nothing but puke and have really bad diarrhea. In just the past two hours she has had five really runny poopy diapers. She isn't eating a lot (she is breastfed). And she is really fussy. I think in the past 36hours she slept 6 or so hours. Nothing I do (mylicon drops, gripe water, tylenol) calms her down. I try swaddling her, playing music, rocking, walking. Her fever is only 99 so it really isn't fever status.

My mother yesterday fed her salsibury steak gravy and ice cream. I'm not talking a little, I mean a lot. Against my knowledge also. And an hour later this started. I am at wits end. Her pediatrician said wait it out, but I really am wits end of what to do...

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My boy got realy sick a when he was that age... i took him to hospital and they said to half his milk with cooled boiled water in a bottle. He was breastfed also and it was a struggle but it helped. i was also told to test for dehydration: to gently apply pressure as if to pinch the under part of the tip of the babies finger and watch the colour come back. it should come bach by the count of 3 Rhinocerouses, if colour isnt back by then, then they need hospitalisation.

Hope bub is doin well.

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Molissa - posted on 12/22/2009

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Quoting Caitlin:

We went to the ER and got admitted for dehydration. They did tests and her entire digestive system is all irritated and sore. They put her on an IV drip and gave her sugar water to help her system get flushed.
We got home a little bit ago, she's finally keeping food in her belly and is doing better but her doctor said its going to take some time for her belly to be ok.
And I did give my mom an earful. She keeps saying that my daughter just got sick, but even the ER doctor said this is from all the food my mom fed her. My mom is never going to watch my daughter ever.
Thanks you guys for all of your advice. Its much appreciated.



I'm so glad you did the right thing.  I wouldn't cut her off completely, but she needs to know that she could have killed that poor little baby.  My husband's grandmother was always telling me she did that to her babies.  They were told that's what were supposed to do.  They still think it's the best thing.  She wanted to give my son water at 3 months.  I of course didn't listen, but it's what they were taught when they were new parents.  She asked why I wouldn't put him down on his belly to sleep.  They just don't know any better.  But hopefully, she will do it better from now on. 

Amanda - posted on 12/20/2009

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When I read the salsibury steak gravy and icecream part I went back and was like " homg this is a 2 month old" She is puking and having bad diarhhea that could mean she has acquired a stomach virus my son had those same symptoms and le

t me tell you it is not fun thing. It lasted three weeks with my son and after it he developled acid reflux from throwing up so much. As for the food, that is another possible reason she could be doing that. Her little tummy needs to be introduced to solids gradually, like starting with cereal first. Don't worry, it will only get better. My son is 6 mnth and just got over being sick, we had to change formula and put him on culturelle all from getting a little stomach virus.

Penny - posted on 12/20/2009

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she should not be fed proprt food yet that is proberly what is wrong with her little duck, she cnt have solids food yet as her body does not no how to digest it properly, i would talk to your doctor immeaditly

Tiffany - posted on 12/19/2009

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get a second opinion and don't offer up the info about the gravy and ice cream. if you tell them they will jump to conclusions and quit listening just tell them symptoms unless they ask you. they will be more throw.

Jessica - posted on 12/19/2009

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Glad to read your thread that she is doing better now!! all the best to you and your daughter! =)

Courtney - posted on 12/19/2009

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OMG.. what goober would feed a two month old that stuff. No offense or anything, but her system is NOT ready for food of any kind. She could very well have stomach flu of course, in which case all you can do is all you are doing now. Stay on top of that and let us know how it goes. Is she better today?? But tell your mom DONT EVER FEED HER ADULT FOOD. She is eight weeks old, fresh from the womb, and should never have nothing more than her moms breastmilk or formula. Oh, and depending on the ice cream.. I have a kid with BAD allergies.. and she reacts sometimes violently to things she's allergic to. You can kill your kid if they have a bad reaction. Tell people not to be feedin your kid stuff. And then once old enough, have her allergy tested before you so much as even give her anything with nuts, berries, eggs, etc. I didn't know it, but even freakin beans can cause an allergy reaction. Take it from a mom who's kid has been hospitalized because someone put somethin in their mouths that they weren't ready for and allergic to.

Jennifer - posted on 12/18/2009

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Oh, I feel so sorry for you and for your sweet little girl. If your pediatrician said to wait it out that really is the best advice, but keep in contact with them. Try and keep her as hydrated as possible. I would also place a call to your mother and let her know the ramifications of her actions. (I thought everyone knew that you don't feed an infant that kind of stuff!) I hope she feels better soon and I hope that you're able to get her to sleep. You too!

Melissa - posted on 12/18/2009

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It is most likely what she ate, my sister gave her son a little bit of icecream when he was 5 months old as some fun and didn't know it would make him sick, and he had the runs for a few days too and was very cranky because he had a sore belly.

Sieme - posted on 12/18/2009

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OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! she was fed ice cream... Go to the hospital !!!!! and in the mean time give her pedialyte... its very good To help your child rehydrate ... but go to the doc immediately

Jessica - posted on 12/17/2009

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I am pretty sure they say with a baby that is that young and puking that bad not to wait more the 8 hours. My little girl went 12hrs and she was 18 months and was hooked up to an iv fo 2 and a half days. That is to scary for a baby that little. Let us know how it goes, good luck

Misty - posted on 12/17/2009

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K so first calm down lol you have a mixed bag here and I can break it all down lol
1. she is 2 months she is having her 8 week growth spurt which causes them to be fussy and do what they call cluster feed it will pass in about a week
2. The ice cream unfortunately is alot of dairy for her to take in this will cause the poops and the vomiting
3. When feeding her from the breast try to give her one breast longer that way she will get the hind milk the fore milk which in the initial milk in a full breast can cause gas and upset tummies the hind milk is creamier and easier on baby so block feed her only feed from one side for 2 feedings then switch
and good luck girl

Traci - posted on 12/17/2009

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wow. i'd be having words with your mother. i almost strangled my husband when I walked in the other day and he had a piece of chocolate up to her lips.



Hope everything is going better for you.... this sounds scary!



edit: Just read the thread... glad everything is looking up.. what a crazy mess!

Vixi - posted on 12/17/2009

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So happy she is ok!!! dont punish ur mum too much tho, im sure she dint mean any damage. just tell her how important it is for her not to feed her things except her milk! x

Caitlin - posted on 12/17/2009

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We went to the ER and got admitted for dehydration. They did tests and her entire digestive system is all irritated and sore. They put her on an IV drip and gave her sugar water to help her system get flushed.
We got home a little bit ago, she's finally keeping food in her belly and is doing better but her doctor said its going to take some time for her belly to be ok.
And I did give my mom an earful. She keeps saying that my daughter just got sick, but even the ER doctor said this is from all the food my mom fed her. My mom is never going to watch my daughter ever.
Thanks you guys for all of your advice. Its much appreciated.

Lisa - posted on 12/17/2009

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if your baby doesn't take any fluids or does and then vomits it back up, GO TO THE ER ASAP!!
my son was 3 or 4 and throwing up and I left him with my mother while i was in classes, but at lunch time I got a bad feeling and went home and she said he drank a sip of water, threw it up and was now sleeping. I took him to the ER and they said he was so dehydrated that it was impossible for him to keep anything down even though he needed it. and had I not brought him in he would have died. Once your baby gets lethargic and can't keep things down you need to hydrate or they will die. they are so tiny! they can't handle it.

Mary Ann - posted on 12/17/2009

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Yikes. I hope you've taken her to the doctor already. I'm sure you're very upset...you'll just have to give her breastmilk and electrolytes as often as you can - your baby may not want a lot of milk in one sitting because of her upset tummy...just be patient to keep hydrating her. My dad tends to do the same thing...I'm sure your mom feels guilty already...

Mattee - posted on 12/17/2009

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Who the HELL would feed a 2 month old any solids!!! I would give my mom an earfull if I were you. She probably is sick from the food!!!

Marie - posted on 12/17/2009

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ice cream!! that is the worst thing for food poisoning, please please please take her to A&E, dont mess about its better to be safe than sorry, you dont even ween until 6 months, i dont agree anything before then their little digestives systems are not ready whatever anyone says if their still hungry just give them more milk or hungry baby milk until they are ready! let us know hun how you get on, hope shes better soon x dont worry the hospital will get her right! x

Sam - posted on 12/17/2009

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if i was you i would take her straight to a&e, that way she can get properly checked out. its bad enough that she has sickness but if its worrying you so much, how do you think your baby is feeling, she can't tell you whats wrong. better to be safe than sorry.
hope your baby is better soon
xx

Kevlyn - posted on 12/16/2009

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When my youngest was about two months old she got a bad stomach virus...to the point that she lost down to less than what she weighed when she was born... I took her to the ER they said to not give her milk for 24hours and to alternate water and pedialyte every couple of hours and if she still couldn't keep that in her system to bring her back...That worked, but she got it back again about a week later, that's what caused the weight lose...it just seemed like the virus was never going to go away... I would most def. take your baby to the ER right away.... Please keep us updated!

Genevieve - posted on 12/16/2009

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I agree with the last three posts - get her to a pediatrician or hospital immediately! I cannot believe that your mother could be so irresponsible! Milk, milk and only milk! Best of luck to you!

Renae - posted on 12/16/2009

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If that were my baby I would take her to the doctor or ER immediately. All the comments on here about dehydration and her body rejecting the food are very sensible.

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poor thing... ice cream thats what it is they just can't digest it. your mother is crazy! I hope madelynn feels better soon.

Emma - posted on 12/15/2009

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Old remedy to help keep baby hydrated (they do this in the hospital too) sugar water. Just a small amount of sugar in a 4oz bottle of sterilzed water. I would take her to the ER just to be on the safe side. Babies that small dehydrate quickly, and I wouldn't wait.



You poor dear... I would be totally freaking out if my mum did that.

Shalene - posted on 12/15/2009

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My son has a very sensitive tummy...I always find that warm sugar water settles his belly. Boil water and let it cool until its just a little warm add 1/2 tsp of sugar to 4oz. of water...its worth a shot, hope it works.

Vicki - posted on 12/15/2009

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What planet is your mother from? Huge hugs to you and it sounds like your mother can't be trusted in future to be near your baby.

Is her fontanelle (soft spot on head) sunken at all? Is she weeing normally? If she's had less than 6 wet cloth diapers/nappies or heavy disposables in the last 24 hours she could well be dehydrated. Her urine will also smell strongly and will be yellow rather than clear if she is dehydrated. If in doubt at all take her to ED. Make sure your mother knows the trouble she has caused. Ice cream and gravy for a two month old - shocking!

Jennifer - posted on 12/15/2009

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I agree with everyone else - take her to the ER. She may be dehydrated and needs fluids quickly.

Question for you - how long ago did she have her 2 month dr. visit? If she received the rotavirus immunization, she may be having a reaction from that. It is normal for a baby to experience diarrhea and vomiting not only from that but the other vaccinations also.

GinaMarie - posted on 12/15/2009

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awww your poor baby I would say it was the ice cream that did it her tummy isnt ready for that what ur experiencing with her is her body rejecting what she had and it is similar to food poising give her a little bit of wam water with some sugar in it sips here and there keep her hydrated put her tummy over your knee and rub her back pat her butt if she doesnt keep down the sugar water take her to the hospital she need fluids and needs to flush her system other wise just try to soothe her she is in pain and uncomfortable definately have a talk with ur mom i am so sorry for you and ur little one

Seonaid - posted on 12/15/2009

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oh wow uh not the sorta stuff bubbys need. if you live in Australia we have hydralyte ice blocks for all ages. try giving her those it will hydrate her and settle her tummy and maybe take her to the emergency room if she gets really bad and they will give her medicines to stop the diarrhea and set her right. not being nasty to your doctor but sometimes they think they know best but really a mothers intuition is a lot better.

Jessica - posted on 12/15/2009

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if she does not improve in the nest 2 to 4 hours or take any water or keep any water down i would definatly take her to the hospital, babies will dehyrate real quick and she may need to be on a drip to replace the fluids she is loosing!

Jessica - posted on 12/15/2009

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ohh crap, what was your mum thinking???? It would no doubt be the ice cream that is making her ill, unfortunatly there isnt much you can really do, you could try some warm water, just a few sips, not as a substitue for a feed or anything, but warm water will go straight to her bowls and normaly will help it to pass, also to keep her hydrated, if she wont take a breastfeed and having diarreah you need to keep her hydrated some how.

The poor little darling, try laying her on her tummy, with your supervision on course, this might relieve any tummy pains she might be getting, you could even try laying her on a warm water bottle, to ease pain, just watch her if she can't turn her head well yet. Maybe put her in the pram and wheel her around with you so you can keep an eye on her. Also try a nice deep warm bath should help with the fussyness.

good luck hun!

Natasha - posted on 12/15/2009

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go to the hospital !!!!!!!!!!!!!! that sounds pretty urgent to me. if she isnt feeding well there is a good chance she is already dehydrated.

your mother should have known better no trying to judge but who give a 2 month old baby that stuff ? i would def be having a talk with her.

you should update and let us know how you make out ...... good luck :)

Andrea - posted on 12/15/2009

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I would take her to the ER and have her checked out.. I know they say if it last longer the 24 hours and some places will say 12 hours.. Otherwise u can call ask a nurse and see what they recomend.. If your pediatrician has said to wait it is up to you on what your next move is going to be.. I hope this is helpful take care and best wishes hope your lil one feels better soon

Stephanie - posted on 12/15/2009

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OMG, I cant believe she was fed salsibury steak gravy and ice cream...her tummy and digestive system is not ready for all that.

I would call your pedi immediately, if she has pooped that much and spit up she could be dehydrated. I wouldnt wait any longer. Even though 99 is not that high it still deserves a call to the doc.

Best of luck to you!!

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