Ho do I stop the kids from throwing up with the stomach flu? Help!

Esther - posted on 04/28/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Both of my kids have the Stomach flu. My oldest daughter started throwing up on 4/24/09 right after she came from school. My husband took her to the doctore yesterday and the docter said lots of fluids don't worry about food as long as she is hydrated. I have been just that. Giving her sips of juice but today she starte to vomit again. Now, my 1 yrs old started vomiting @ 1am last night (4/28/09). She keep throwing up and won't stop. I've been givng her sips as well, she drinks, but starts vomiting again but not as much as before. How can I stop it?? The hospital is no help they just say make sure she is drinks fluid. Is they any other way??

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Hesper - posted on 04/28/2009

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Well If they can't keep anything down, It is best to feed them table spoons of water just to make sure that they don't get dehydrated. If they can and they are just nauseous, then give them benadryl in a regular child dosage. It will calm tummy down. and help the child sleep. It is a trick that I learned from my son going through chemo. It helped imensely with the nausea. Good Luck

Sara - posted on 04/28/2009

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Get those benadryl strips that dissolve on the toung and give your one year old half of one right after they throw up. After I gave birth to my son, I had a bad reaction to the anatisia (sp?) and was uncontrolablly throwing up. The nurse gave me benadryl in my iv and i stopped trowing up. My son (2yrs) and daughter (3 yrs) have been getting that terrible trowing up and having diaria(again sp?) thing since my daughter was 9 months old. If you give them benadryl it stops the throwing up and kaopectate makes their stools manageable!



I have done this for both my kids probably six times they got that awful bug and it is the only thing that allows me to keep my sanity, keep my house clean and allow my children to get a little rest! The doctors say not to give them anything, but I think they are crazy!!!!



I hope this helps a little. I feel really strongly about throw up, so sorry if I come across pretty strong.



With warmest wishes and non-throw up thoughts.

Sara

Cara - posted on 04/28/2009

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My son's ped said to give him pedialite or gatorade when he was throwing up (he's 15 months), but only in very small amounts. Too much and it will make him throw up again. The idea is to keep the stomach basically empty, but to keep him hydrated. He said (and I've had 2 drs tell me this) not to give him water because it's hard on his stomach. Then once he has been fine for at least a day, start him on the BRAT diet (banana, rice, applesauce and toast). Things that are easy to digest.

Karin - posted on 01/01/2013

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Do NOT use yogurt! Same thing as dairy. Emetrol works almost every time! Sounds crazy but no fluids until an hour after the first dose. Just sips until their stomach settles. After that, give fluids normally and light food, such as bread, crackers, jello, ect. I know how it is to freak out because that is your baby, but use your heads and common sense. Every thing will be ok... Good luck and God Bless.

Arryn - posted on 04/28/2009

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We have used both the tylenol and gravol suppositories when my six year old had the stomach flu last year.....they really do help.

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Stacey-Marie - posted on 04/28/2009

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Juice is no good. Water - CLEAR fluid. There is a saying - "starve a fever and feed a cold" thats how i remember food isn't important for bugs and things but water is.

Katrina - posted on 04/28/2009

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It so hard for your child to be sick. My daughter has a horrible cold right now. When she gets the flu the best fluid we've found to give her is to take a Pedialyte popsicle, break it into pieces and put it in a cup. Fill the cup with water. The good stuff from the Pedialyte is still there, but it watered down a bit. Little bits at a time. She loves "popsicle water" everytime she's sick now.

Lacey - posted on 04/28/2009

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they may say that about water but with 3 kids that hasn't been my experience or my own personal experience plus when full of water even if you have to throw u it doesn't burn and hurt as bad.

Shannon - posted on 04/28/2009

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If she does not stop insist for them to check her appendix. A friend of mine went through this and it ended up her boys appendix ruptured. Not to scare u but better safe then sorry.

- posted on 04/28/2009

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I know it is hard to just let them be sick, but this is their body's way of getting rid of the virus. You actually don’t want to stop the vomiting; it’s the fastest way to get over being sick. Keeping hydrated is the biggest threat now. If they become dehydrated you may wind up staying at the hospital for an IV. Best wishes, hang in there!

Kelly - posted on 04/28/2009

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You can get Gravol suppositories since giving them oral won't help (they'll just bring it up). Not fun but it should help. I gave my daughter Pedilite in teaspoon amounts until she was able to keep that down. Then sips, then bigger amounts. I have heard that this bug is lasting longer then normal. I hope it passes soon for you!

Robin - posted on 04/28/2009

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Hi Esther,
The act of vomiting is your body's response to eliminate the offending virus. By stopping the vomiting you are essentially keeping the virus in the body longer which may cause other more severe problems. Following the hospitals instructions and continue to give your children fluids so they won't get dehydrated.

Lacey - posted on 04/28/2009

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well are they running fevers? have your doctor prescribe tylenol supositories. Fever can cause vomiting. don't give them more than two ounces of fluid at a time waiting a few minutes between. My daughter did this and started turning blu (18months old) it turned out she actually had a urinary tract infection and not the flu. you might consider requesting tests if it lasts very long. try popsicles instead of drinks. avoid juice and milk juice is acidic and upsets tummies and milk can curdle if they run fevers. mostly offer water or add water to juice. pedialite always made my kids vomit more too. warm baths always help settle my tummy. try giving them yogurt it can restore the good bacteria in thier digestive tract that might be out of balance especially if they have been on antibiotics.

Melinda - posted on 04/28/2009

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EMETROL! seriously it works... every 15 minutes no liquids... for an hour if needed.. works almost every time!

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