Dehydrated baby!

Jessica - posted on 01/28/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )

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My 13 month old has 2 ear infections and a sore throat. our dr said to keep her hydrated but she refuses to drink. How do I get her to drink!! Ive tried everything, juice water, pedialyte...

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Lisa - posted on 01/29/2010

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is your baby still on a bottle? if so, the sucking required to get a drink will make ears hurt worse. Try using a medicine syringe with pedialyte and just slowly give a medicine syringe full at a time. It is time consuming, but without having to suck, it might help.

Becky - posted on 01/29/2010

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try giving her abig girl cup with no lid it will be messy but maybe it will work good luck

Jackie - posted on 01/29/2010

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Jello, popsicles.....or even wet a facecloth and let her suck on it (make it like its a game) and seh wont even know she's drinking. But popsicles usually do the trick pretty well.

Rebecca - posted on 01/29/2010

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have you tried iceblocks? why my son had ear infections they were all i could get into him. i gave him lemonade flavoured but you could giver her any flavour that she likes

Theresa - posted on 01/28/2010

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try freezing some juice, like a popcicle. It'll help sooth the throat. Otherwise try anything, even chocolate or strawberry milk. Yes it's extra sugar, but at least it's fluid.

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Annemaree - posted on 01/31/2010

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try getting the hydralite iceblocks from the chemist the kids being so young thought they were getting a treat when really it was a soloution to dehydration

Jo - posted on 01/31/2010

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try ice pops! they work for my son who suffers badly with ear infections! good luck x

Nicole - posted on 01/30/2010

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Try giving her a cup of crushed ice. Let her eat it by herself and she will have fun...

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Cold stuff does help some, but with a sore throat something warm may help sooth it even better. She may like a glass of warm milk or even warm lemonade. If the cold isn't cutting it, try warm (NOT HOT!) and see what happens. Also, try some pain killers (like Motrin or Tylenol....you can find the dosage amounts at www.askdrsears.com or call your ped.). If one isn't working, try the other after waiting 4 hours. If you can get the pain knocked down, that will help a ton in getting her to drink. If she is having no tears when crying, dry mouth, no wet diaper in 6-8 hours, if you can pinch the skin and it doesn't go back down almost immediatly, she is getting too dehydrated and will need IV fluids. Good luck!

Erin - posted on 01/30/2010

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I once went through this with my son and I did the same thing I used the syringe. And just kept giving him as much as I could with that then leave the sippy cup (or bottle if she is still on the bottle) available in hopes she will get even more. Sometimes their ears hurt more when they swallow when they have an ear infection .

Ebony - posted on 01/30/2010

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you could try using a syringe. i use hydralyte in a syringe for my young bloke. works a treat and you know exactly how much they are getting.

Claire - posted on 01/28/2010

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Jello, popsicles, straws (though the active sucking may hurt her throat more), water/pedialite via syringe. Just try to make it fun, despite how hard it is for you.

Candice - posted on 01/28/2010

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try gingerale...but also try water by syringe. a tiny bit in her mouth every few minutes...it's the only way my daughter will drink sometimes when she's sick.

Debbie - posted on 01/28/2010

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Hi, have you tried jelly or maybe ice cream? My daughter Sophie has only recently started drinking a good amount so thats what i used to give her but my health visitor always said as long as her nappies are wet then shes getting enough x

Marcy - posted on 01/28/2010

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Freeze the Pedialyte in little cups and make popsicles....the swallowing probably really hurts........if you have a medicine syringe at home you can try putting the pedialyte in to that and putting it in her mouth. Good luck!

Maggie - posted on 01/28/2010

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give her a BIG cup of whatever you want her to drink. More than you think she'll actually drink. Try letting her drink out of a straw to make it fun. If you give her a lot she'll drink more than if you give her just a little.

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