flu?

Kris - posted on 12/27/2008 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Third child - you'd think I'd know this already - what good liquids can I give my 1 year old to keep her hydrated during her battle with the flu bug? Vomiting quite a lot...Pedialyte yes, but anything else?

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Tiffinie - posted on 12/31/2008

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apple juice, pedialyte (can be found in the generic form), Sprite/7up. BRAT diet for vomitting & diarhea. Bananas, rice, apples, and toast. So apple juice will fit in. You don't want to feed your child soft drinks so soon - but desperate times call for desperate measures - maybe just during the illness you can give her Sprite or 7up.

Kris - posted on 12/31/2008

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Excellent help, friends. it's been three very long days. Fourth was better, today (day five) seems almost like a return to normal. Finally got her to drink diluted Pediayte and oddly enough, the only thing that seemed to stay down was YoBaby yogurt. She seems (almost) back to her old self today. Afraid to bring back the food. Would love that homemade Pedialyte recipe!

Amy - posted on 12/27/2008

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Flu does not include vomiting, there is a gastrointestinal bug going around that will floor the kids for a couple of days. I would stay away from milk, try jello (broken up), flat pop, popsicles, chicken broth, lemonade (diluted not sugar free), stay away from water it upsets an empty tummy.

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I'm not sure that she has the flu. Vomiting is not the flu. Influenza is a respiratory illness. If it is a Gastrointestinal bug, I'd go with popsicles and pedialyte or water to drink. Just a few teaspoons at a time until she can keep it down. I'd stay away from milk for now, unless it's breastmilk. Cow's milk isn't easy on an irritated digestive system. Good luck, hope she's better soon and that you don't catch it!

Stephanie - posted on 12/27/2008

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I would still continue milk but dilute it with water or homemade pedialyte (much cheaper and exactly the same). Concentrate on giving her a little (like a few sips) but as often as possible. Is the aby is refusing, I would definately go with the popsicle suggestion cause babies love the cold stuff... at least my 1 year old does! Pop is not a good idea... I know it's what our mom's would do but it's not something the medical professionals will encourage you to do anymore because of the high concentration of sugar (not even pure sugar but high fructose corn syrup) it could even make things worst. Good luck:)

Debbie - posted on 12/27/2008

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You can use flat pop. Let it sit out until the carbonation is gone. The broth from soup.

Some of the power drinks have great nutrition in them for such occasions. Also another favorite is liguid jello before you let it set up or even once it is set up. Popsicles are nice and cool and add some liguid.

Renee - posted on 12/27/2008

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I have always used Pedialyte .. have you tried the Pediatlye popcycles? Those work wonders too! You might be able to give her a little bit of gatorade.. but not awhole lot since it does have a lot of sodium in it. I hope this helps.

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