Has anyone ever seen these symptoms in their child?

Dianne - posted on 06/10/2012 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Last week our whole family (me, my hubby, and our three kids) had a stomach bug, in varying degrees. We're all over it completely though, but our 3 yr. old son Judah just continues to be sick, over and over again. He has been vomiting and having diarrhea intermittently for eight days now. He went to the pediatrician on Thursday and he was somewhat dehydrated; and his dr. said that if he vomited anymore that day, to take him to the hospital. Well, he didn't, and he seemed to be getting better, but then "relapsed" (for lack of a better word) the next morning. Then Saturday he was fine. Then this morning (Sunday) he started all over again, throwing up, not keeping anything down, having the watery diarrhea again. It's like he's stuck in a never-ending cycle of sickness. He has barely eaten much over the past week and he's definitely showing signs of malaise, not wanting to play as much, clinging to me, etc. (He's usually very active; he's a 3 yr. old boy!) Today on recommendation from his pediatrician we took him to the ER, and they gave him Zofran which did seem to perk him up and help him feel better, and they ran bloodwork to see if there were any abnormalities. He did have one test come back abnormal that they said could possibly indicate a bacterial infection, but that they need a stool sample (gross, I know) to know for sure. Problem is, I can't get one b/c his stool is so runny it soaks right into the Pull-Up! (I apologize for being gross again--but I have to also add that, we all know that poo stinks, but right now, his stinks in a way I have NEVER smelled before, like turn-your-stomach, get-out-the-bleach-and-Febreze kind of odor.....I imagine it's indicative of infection.) Anyway I wonder if any of you have had this happen to your child or know someone that has, and what it turned out to be. We are mystified. Can a stomach virus (perhaps rotavirus?) really last THIS long?? We feel so bad for our son. We've given him Pedialyte, popsicles, applesauce, juice, you name it, to help him get better. We're so frustrated and tired! Any ideas?

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Liz - posted on 06/10/2012

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I can't say that I've had the same thing happen, but I do have a son that continually gets diarrhea for no apparent reason and we have a HARD time getting rid of it. I usually have to cut milk completely out of his diet for a few days and he only drinks water or gatorade (or pedialyte). Disinfect EVERYTHING. Change sheets often. Put dirty diapers or pull ups outside in the trash immediately. Do whatever you can think of to get rid of germs. Clean all the doorknobs in your house with a disinfecting wipe. Wash toys that he regularly plays with. If, after a couple of days, nothing is helping, call your doc back and tell them that you are setting up an appointment and not leaving until they do something! Good luck!

Alicia - posted on 02/10/2013

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For the stool sample: turn the Pull Up inside out. The outside isn't absorbant like the inside. Because of the crystals that soak up urine in the Pull Up it would compromise the sample if you just brought in the Pull Up.

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Mallory - posted on 02/06/2013

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Just realized this was a while ago so do you know what was wrong maybe it can help me

Mallory - posted on 02/06/2013

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We are going thru the same thing with my 9month old daughter. Three weeks so far...vomiting, diarrhea no fever snd now can keep anything down and water diarrhea. We had test ran todsy as well but haven't been able to get stool sample bc there's nothing for her to digest she hasnt been eating. Our dr said to cut leg holes in a walmart sack and place it over the diaper. The hospital suggests wrapin the daiprr in plastic wrap so diaper can't soak it up. We've tried three different formulas but today she won't try anything or keep anything down and we are at home hoping to catch a stool sample. Drs suggested the stomach bug and gave us zofran but did not work now we are stumped and praying we have answers soon

Liz - posted on 06/12/2012

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Oh, and I forgot to add, you should try giving him the BRAT diet - bananas, rice, applesauce and toast. Try to avoid things that could possibly upset his stomach - acidic or fiber-rich foods - as they will only add to your problems and prolong the diarrhea. And also, if it is a virus that he has, there is really nothing anyone can do medicinally, except to keep him hydrated, which it sounds like you've been doing since he wasn't admitted at the hospital when you took him.

Barbara - posted on 06/12/2012

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Bring the stool soaked pull-up to the doctor as the sample, hopefully they can get what they need from it. And I second Liz's advice, disinfect as much as you can. Poor little guy, good luck!

Lori - posted on 06/11/2012

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Back in January my little girl had a stomach bug that lasted 3 full weeks. She barely ate, vomited, had diarrhea the whole time. She gave it to me twice (I was pregnant at the time and lost 8 lbs) and to her Daddy once. We took her to the doctor. They told us to try our best to keep her hydrated and that it could last up to 3 weeks, which it did. All she wanted was milk, which is not what she needed to be drinking at the time. We gave her whatever she asked for to eat and hoped that it stayed down. Thankfully she doesn't eat junk food so we didn't have to worry about her wanted that kind of stuff.

I will tell you that it will eventually go away but yes do keep in touch with your child's doctor to keep them in the loop of what is going on just in case it does turn serious. Good luck.

Sharlene - posted on 06/10/2012

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I would call that doctor back or just take him again to emergency, and request treatment. Is the rest of the family besides or son still sick?

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