What can I do about my 1 year old puking and diarrhea?

Bretni - posted on 02/08/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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About a month ago my 1 year old came down with some sort of stomach flu and I took her to the ER because she couldn't keep anything down. Well they said it was just a virus and would pass on its own. Then not even 2 days after she finally got over that she got a horrible cold/cough and that lasted 2 weeks. When she was better, she still had/has a runny nose and slight cough but now she will not eat anything. About 3 days ago she started having runny green diarrhea so bad that it leaks through her diaper within seconds. I read that is a cause of not eating solids but I tried to call her doc and the phone number is disconnected (can you believe that)... anyway, I was going to take her in if she still had the bad diarrhea tomorrow. Then tonight when I lay her down, a few minutes later she power pukes up everything she ate and drank today. I'm definitly taking her in tomorrow but I was wondering if anyone has had this problem and what it ended up being? I'm starting to think allergies or maybe rotovirus, btw she has not had a fever at all through any of this and she hasn't had blood in her poop or puke, and thats why the docs are waving it off but this is getting frustrating and I better get some answers from them or I'm going to freak out LOL. It's too hard not being able to do something for your child when they've been sick for a month! Oh, any suggestions for settling her tummy would be nice too, thank you :)

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Amanda - posted on 02/11/2011

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My son did this exact thing about a month ago-and it was weird, he only puked at night. The pediatrician told me the best thing to do was keep him hydrated, and that it would pass. He was right. I put a little bit of juice in with water, and he drank it right up. If your baby will drink Pedialyte, that is good, too. Just be careful not to use too much, because that can dehydrate kids. It took about a week, then he was fine. You might also try what they use to call the BRAT diet-Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and toast. Good luck!

Krissy - posted on 02/09/2011

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my daughter gets this really green diarrhea from mosquito bites... ew... and every time she gets sick... she absolutely DOESN'T get rid of the diarrhea until we "reset her system" is what I call it...

After she's better, I will pick a day where I will give her all the electrolytes she can drink, but don't feed her. At the end of the day, I prepare either rice, toast, etc... feed her that with more electrolyte fluid. Next day, she gets the BRAT diet with more electrolytes and water... (start watering down electrolyte stuff if she refuses plain water)...

If poo's are getting solid, I will keep her on a light diet for a day and push the water and VERY VERY watered down electrolytes, and start with a few servings of milk...

This was told me by a doctor, actually... when all my other kids were well over the flu, but my baby was still diarrhea all the time. It's worked like a charm every time.

As for the puking again, though, it's possible it's a virus that you can re-catch... sanitize toys and bedsheets as well as scrub floors, new toothbrush, etc... and just keep trying to get her better.

As long as she's not dehydrating or acting extremely lethargic all day (she might have lethargic moments)... then she's not in danger or need ER... however, if this continues, you would want your pediatrician to know about it because it could be leaning toward a food allergy or something she is getting into.

Lisa - posted on 02/12/2011

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My son is 11 months old and had the exact same problem. I took him to 3 different docs in 4 days, cause i was so worried about him. HE Did end up have a ear infection too, but i was so worried about him throwing up and diarehia. He wouldn't eat or drink for a week. I had to use a medicine dropper every 5 minutes to force liquids down him, using gatorade, the g2 gatorade, it has less sugar than regular gatorade. After a week of that, he still wouldn't eat, but finally after 2 weeks, he is back to himself. I was so frustrated with the docs saying it had to run its course. I guess they were right, but i still didn't like it. Hope your baby gets better soon.

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Dawn - posted on 02/13/2011

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Well I just want to tell you good luck and be patient with your childs need. Give them what they are wanting, if they are asking for food or drink. You know it may come up later, but it might stick in their system a little. We just got over that puking and diarrhea. We had it around 3 of the kids and my husband had it for about 4 weeks. My little ones I took to the ER and they said it might have been food poisoning or just a virus(not much help) But they did give him and oral anti nausea medicine. That seemed to really work. But that didn't help with the diarrhea. I just kept giving them both pedialyte. The antinasea medicine that I had, really didn't do any good.He still threw up and still was miserable. It was weird though. He would feel good, so then he would be up playing, then he would say mommy and blahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. It was gross. Just be really careful that he doesn't get dehydrated or there is nothing else more serious going on there. I would still take him in though, but you may not want to have high expectations from the doctor if it's viral. None of us had fevers either the whole time we were sick. good luck.

Bretni - posted on 02/09/2011

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Thanks Kim for your concern but she's drinking tons of water and milk. I spoke with a nurse today and she seems to be fine. She told me to give her gatorade and no juice so it could be that she was drinking so much juice it was giving her the diarrhea. They said if in 2 weeks she's still having diarrhea I have to bring her in. As for the vomiting, she's been making herself choke lately so I'm pretty sure she made her self vomit because otherwise she's perfectly fine. Either that or she ate so much at once (cuz like i said before she wasn't eating properly but last night she ate alot) that her tummy couldn't handle it. I was majorly stressed last night but now that i've had time to relax and think about it, I'm pretty sure (and the nurse seems to positive) that she's fine.

Kim - posted on 02/09/2011

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You need to take her to the doc immediately. She could become dehydrated from loosing so much fluid. If your doc's number is changed you should find a new one or take her to an urgent care. I wouldn't wait.

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