Help: Toddler won't drink Pedialyte.

Jennifer - posted on 03/02/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son will be 3 this month. He woke up Saturday with diarrhea and also was throwing up. Sunday still diarrhea and wouldn't get off the couch. This has been severe. Like pouring water in his diaper. Monday was the same. Tuesday he was up playing and asking for eggs and various other foods, but Monday night at a visit to the doctor she put him on a B.R.A.T. diet. Bananas, rice, apple sauce and toast. Of these he has had two bites (in two days) of a banana and one bowl of apple sauce. He is not allowed dairy or sugar. No oatmeal either. But, of course he doesn't want anything and when he decides he wants something, ie. eggs, water he gets very upset if we don't give it to him. I want to follow the dr's advice because we don't need him going into seizures nor into the hospital for IV's, but he has been very difficult to please being he is hungry, but can't have anything. She also said no water because as watery as his stools are he needs the electrlytes. So of course we purchased Pedialyte. But he doesn't like anything but the freeze pops. We have had to make major deals with him just to get him to drink some of it. Our doctor thinks it is bacterial and not viral, but isn't positive. I know of 8 other kids that had this about a week and a half a go. Four of which have been to our house and four that are related to one of the children that comes to my house. She said to get our water tested. I need help getting these electrolytes into my son. He has terrible pains when he has movements. He doesn't want to move, he grabs his tummy and moans. He is potty training, but will not poop on the potty. I could use all kinds of ideas. Thank you!

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Jennifer - posted on 03/08/2011

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Thank you everyone! Very helpful. :) He is feeling much better, actually he is all better. Finally. Now on to planning his 3rd Birthday! Yipee. Pirate Theme Arrr Matey!

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Kathy - posted on 03/03/2011

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My daughter would not touch the premixed pedialyte either. We bought the Pedialyte packets (think Crystal Light), mixed it with water, and she drank it right up and wanted more! You might give that a try. Good luck!

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If it's bacterial he should be on meds. Viral is the type that meds can't help.

Would he drink Gatorade? It's a bit stronger, so it may be wise to dilute it a bit but he might like it better.

Will he eat yogurt? It is dairy, but has good stuff in it for their tummy issues so is fine (according to our ped, at least).

Stay away from meat, fatty things, sugary things, and other dairy, but otherwise.... I'd feed him pretty much whatever he wants.

You can make your own jello w/ 100% fruit juice and plain gelatin.

That's all I've got.

Crystal - posted on 03/03/2011

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They say too much water can actually cause dehydration thats why they want him to drink somthing that has nurtients and electrlytes in it. And the water doesnt help the diarrhea cause its not a solid so if he just keeps drinking water he will continue with the diarrhea thats why they put him on a B.R.A.T diet so the bananas would make his poop more solid. I would maybe try the Pediasure that way he alteast won't get dehyrdrated and he will get his nutrients.

Christy - posted on 03/03/2011

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MMMMM. Pedialyte (sp) tastes awful. My kids won't touch it. I really have never heard of the no water thing. I would suggest bottled water but if the DR says no water I am not sure what to tell you. I thought diarrhea caused dehydration and they needed fluids?

Crystal - posted on 03/03/2011

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My son is 16 months old, He just recently was sick, he has bronchilitis and a ear infection and has had fevers here and there, he stopped eating and drinking we didn't want him to get dehydrated so we went and got the Pedialyte and the Pediasure. Our son loves the Pediasure cause its like a milk but its not milk, it has all the nurtriants he needs, maybe you could try that my son has been feeling alot better since he has been drinking those, hope this helps and your son gets better.

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