Diarrhea and what to feed a 4 year old with it..

Choly - posted on 01/22/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )




My 4 year old daughter just started having diarrhea and vomiting tonite.. I think she may have the rotavirus seeing she has all the symptoms (very liquidy diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, low grade fever and stomach cramping) and it is also peak season for it as well.. That and her two cousins just got over something similiar.. I am going to the store first thing in the morning (along with calling her pediatrician).. any tips on what to feed a child with diarrhea? What works and doesn't work? I am definatly picking up pedialyte for fluids that is for sure. I apprieciate it, thank you. Also, should tylenol be avoided for the low grade fever?

- choly


Sarh - posted on 01/23/2011




BRATs diet is amazing for diarrhea, the first time I heard about it is when my neighbor's little girl had rotavirus.
Bananas, Rice, Applesauce and Toast! Only give her bland foods, seasonings and citrus might upset her tummy more. Avoid fruit juices and sugary thing. The sugars in fruit juices (even 100% juice) causes diarrhea. Normally in high amounts, but if she is already having diarrhea, I'd avoid it. Also, NO sports drinks such as Gatorade or Powerade too high in sugar and will dehydrate her, but the pedialyte is a definite. Maybe get the pedialyte popsicles, light on her tummy and will help keep her hydrated.
Tylenol should be. I find that Motrin works better and she is old enough that it will be ok to give her either. I never "treat" low grade fevers, but if you are fearing her's rising then definitely go ahead with the Tylenol or Motrin.
I hope she feels better soon!!

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Karla - posted on 01/24/2011




Apple sauce and rice are my go-to's. Easy to eat and not terrible if they throw it up! When my kids take penicillin I even give them applesauce to avoid diarrhea. Sarh the BRATs term is a great way to remember these!

Fiona - posted on 01/23/2011




Avoid dairy. but other than that the current advice in the UK is to eat as normally as you feel able as eating bland food or stopping eating only reduces the duration by a matter of hours.

I don't know what tylenol is so can't help on that front - sorry

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