Dehydrated baby!

Jessica - posted on 01/28/2010 ( 11 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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Iridescent - posted on 01/28/2010

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Gatorade has actually changed how it's made because so many parents use it when their kids are sick; the sugar content is much lower, so it's now safer yet. We just learned this as we were giving it when my daughter gets sick because of the high sugar content, as we need the high calories without protein.

Abbie - posted on 01/28/2010

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If she goes too long she will need IV fluids. Our son did this; he hadn't had a wet diaper in 8 hours, so we had to take him and his levels ( they drew his blood adn the numbers weren't right) anyway we went to the hospital they did an IV drip & they he was doing great.



so watch how long she goes with out a wet diaper, if too long take her in. Also offer jello, ice cream and things like that to try and get "fluids" in her. I hope she starts drinking soon.

Maggie - posted on 01/28/2010

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Brandi - Pedialyte says right on the label "Quickly replaces fluid and ELECTROLYTES lost during diarrhea and vomiting to help prevent dehydration". In fact, it says under the name that it's an Oral Electolyte Maintenance Solution.

Electrolyte solutions are better for rehydration that water. http://health.howstuffworks.com/question...

You can do Gatorade just do the G2, low sugar kind since it's the sugar that is bad for sick little kids.

Be prepared for weird colored poo, though.

Brandi - posted on 01/28/2010

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i would stick to the water or pedialyte just keep offering it to her. i wouldnt do gatorade its not good for small children that age because of all the electrolites(sp?) or thats what the doctor said the last time we went through this. i had to stick it in the med dropper that comes with the childrens motrin and give it to her slowly to trick her. good luck hope she feels better soon

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Jessica - posted on 01/28/2010

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Thank you everyone! I completely forgot about the icepops! I have to go get them right away, I used to love them!

Sharon - posted on 01/28/2010

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I forgot about the popciscles! Yes! try icepops!

And thankyou for the new info about gatorade. I'll try to shove that into the old mental file box.

MaryAnn - posted on 01/28/2010

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Popsicles worked with my son. She is probably teething as well and popsicles will help relieve the pain.

Lacey - posted on 01/28/2010

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Try giving it to her on a spoon. I know that seems insane but I had to do that with my son when he was sick once. VERY time consuming but obviously at this point you need to do what you need to do :). Also try popscicles or pediapops.

Sharon - posted on 01/28/2010

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Just keep offering it to her. A drink or two here and there will be fine for a little while.



Pinch her skin - not meanly - and lift up, see if it snaps back down or settles down slowly or settles down keeps a bit of a peak. That will tell you how dehydrated she is.



No juice, causes the runs. Try pediasure or gatorade - it has extra sugar but as a quick fix, its ok, as long as she doesn't have diarrhea right now.



And CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR before doing anything.

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