my babby has diarrhea
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Ally - posted on 08/29/2012
FYI -- just throwing this out there after reading this thread, even thought its old... someone like me may come across it when looking for some answers.
you can skip the pedialyte and sports drinks to raise your baby's electrolytes and to rehydrate her. COCONUT WATER, not milk, water. You can find it at almost any grocery store these days with its growing popularity. It has MORE of everything that's in those sugary garbage sports drinks and pedialyte drinks that you need to rehydrate and raise electrolytes. and its natural. and as an added benefit, coconut water comes complete with many other essential minerals and vitamins. even protein if you can believe it. Most research shows using coconut water will do a better job than sports drinks, etc. But in most cases, its just as good. but the benefit is... its natural. free of additives, sugars, dyes, all that nasty stuff. we don't feed our kids juice, or added sugars.
also, you really don't need to use commercial bleaches to sterilize sheets, diapers, clothes etc that get pooped on and barfed on when your kiddo is sick or in general. i won't go on and on and on, but there are many other natural alternatives that work to kill bacteria and what not as well as bleach. chlorinated bleach hurts the skin, and contaminates and ruins our water systems. vinegar, baking soda, boiling water and many other things are awesome alternatives! and healthier too. :)
and if your kiddo won't take yogurt, they make tasty probiotics for kids that you can slip into anything they eat.
Grandma - posted on 01/21/2012
You probably should take your baby to the dr. but if you can find a can of blackberries in the grocery store, give your baby some of the juice of the blackberries. That worked for my baby when even the meds. given by dr. did not help.
Sarah - posted on 01/17/2012
#1 concern with diarrhea is dehydration. Check her hydration status by watching if she's peeing normally. You can also look in her mouth, is it moist or dry? Is she producing tears when she cries? Is she lethargic or sleeping more than normal? Is she difficult to wake from sleeping? If she's not producing tears, has a dry mouth, and is not peeing, or is lethargic, absolutely have her seen by a doctor. If she is, then keep hydrating her, breastmilk and/or formula, or if she's vomiting too, try some Pedialyte (or another electrolyte replacement. A lot of people will go for Gatorade over the Pedialyte because it's cheaper, but don't, the sugar in the Gatorade can actually increase diarrhea and it's not formulated for replacing electrolytes in children. If it's gastroenteritis, it'll usually pass in 5-6 days. If it goes beyond 7 days regardless, I would have her seen. If she's feverish then treat her with tylenol as directed on the bottle for her weight. Make sure you put lots of diaper cream on as a barrier to protect her little skin from a horrible rash from all that diarrhea.
Main point though is to watch her hydration status and seek help if she has any sign at all of dehydration.
Evelene - posted on 03/25/2013
if your child is having diarrhea is that the same as if they are having peeing can't tell with.he diarrhea if it is pee and diarrhea or just diarrhea how do i know ,i'm giving pedialy. the dr. told me to give soy for now too. he is playing and sleeping fine ,he haves having diarrhea for 4 days now. is it the rotavirus the first day he vomited 2 times.
Linda - posted on 02/01/2012
i have saved two trips of going to the doctor by just calling and talking to a nurse from my daughter's pediatrician office. First time was fever and second was a very bad diaper rash. they gave me directions over the phone and told me to call back if things got worse.
p.s. for diarrhea, probiotics or just yogurt. the good bacteria will help fight off whatever bug she has in her tummy.
Jenni - posted on 01/19/2012
DOCTOR DOCTOR DOCTOR! If you don't trust your doctor's opinion go find another and another or just go to hospital! A child can get dehydrated FAST and that is the main issue here. Hygiene is another issue, you should be washing your hands prior to changing and after, everything your child has puked or pooped on should be bleached in hot water then washed in machine including bedding. Make sure everyone washes their hands after go to toilet and before touching anything!
I might be over the top yet wheneer we have a breakout of anything only one person is contaminated and that's how it should be.
Sport drinks like Powerade and gaterade are a great drink to give to young kids to help stop them from being dehydrated when sick and affordable - our doctors approval and you know what I have to agree because I used it when i got sick and I felt much better faster!
Your doctor should be your first and major source of information about your child not the internet! And I understand your frustrations too :-)
Tanya - posted on 01/19/2012
I have lots of experience with diarrhea, I was born with pathological e-coli and my daughter has had diarrhea serveral times. Best thing to do is have her drink lots and nothing to eat, the bowl needs to rest. No dairy, have her drink water with a little sugar in it, or watered down apple juice if she doesn't like pedialyte. If she is always drinking she won't be hungry, if she is you can give her jello or soda crackers but that's it until the diarrhea stops. Just make sure she doesn't get dehydrated. Hope this helps you.
Melissa - posted on 01/19/2012
something about yogurt can balance out the bad stuff it does w/ my daughter dont do other dairy though. yogurt has probiotics and works different! push fluids and the brat diet. my daughter is 17 month doesnt drink pedialyte has had 2 boughts of the diarrhea bug 1 almost hospitalized her w/ degydration but i got her drinking powerade then juice. for every 1/2 cup of powerade i gave of powerade she drank i did a 1/2 cup of juice and that saved her from dehydration which saved her from hospitalization!
That mix is what pedialyte is similar to and kept her electrolites balanced!
Shawn - posted on 01/19/2012
You should probably go to the doc either way... most docs will want you to atleast be evaluated. My toddler has always had frequent bowel movements. When we started a probiotic (Culturelle) by recommendation from a GI specialist....it slowed everything down. But real bad diarrehea is usually from a virus. If it doesn't improve soon you will definitely want the peace of mind from the doc.
Annie - posted on 01/19/2012
My son when he was younger was going through something similar, and it even ending up have blood in it.. we took him to the er and it ended up it was an allergic reaction to the soy formula he was one (we had switched him to soy b/c he was having an allergic reaction to the milk based formula he was on)
Darla - posted on 01/19/2012
make sure she is getting plenty of fluids - pedialyte, etc. - don't wait... get her to dr. little ones can get dehydrated so quickly. if it is diarrhea and not just soft stools... don't wait. (and take fluids with you so she has something to drink while at dr's office)
Julie - posted on 01/18/2012
If it turns out to be Rotavirus, both my boys had it at about 1year of age. It is extremely violent, as both lost over 10% of their weight in a week. I was breastfeeding my 2nd son during the illness which was a great way to comfort him. I tried all means of getting additional fluids in and made frequent calls to Healthline for advice-which I strongly recommend. Despite my tireless efforts both boys had visits to the doctor on about day 5 of their 7 day illness. Good luck, and just remember they can only get it once. Recommendations are to stay away from others for 48hours past the last diarrhoea stool to prevent infecting others-goes for any tummy bug. In hindsight I wish I had researched the Rotavirus vaccine further, having experienced a complication with my 2nd son. Stay strong
Alexandra - posted on 01/18/2012
yes, I think you should go to the doctor. I would also give some pedialite right away, so that it helps her not to be dehydrated. But I would go right now to the doctor so that they can examine her, since four days is not one day or one time. It is too long.
Becky - posted on 01/18/2012
If she has really bad diarrhea and has had it for 4 days you take her to the doctor. If you have to ask whether you should take her or not-take her. That means your gut feeling is telling you something more might be wrong. Follow your instincts! Babies can get dehydrated very quickly and if not taken care of can lead to further complication. If you don't take her to the doctor at least call him or his nurse and ask them what to do. They will go over everything with you to determine what should be done. Your child's well being is the most important thing!
Kelly - posted on 01/18/2012
After my 4th child was born I learned soo much, partly because I think I was able to slow down to relax and enjoy her baby years. She recently had a bout of runny bm that lasted about 2 weeks...She is 2 1/2 now and so, of course, I took her to the Peds and they said that it was a virus and may typically take up to that long to get past the runny bm, aka diarreaha (gosh thats hard to spell!?) Typically we as adults may only have the runs for 1-3 days, but babies and toddlers have it longer. Make sure she has plenty of wet diapers all day so you know she is getting enough fluids, dehydration as a result of all the runs could land her in the hospital.
Irene - posted on 01/18/2012
She might have Rotavirus. At my daughters preschool the director sent us an email about the symptoms:
It takes about 1 to 2 days for a child who is exposed to the rotavirus germs to start having symptoms. Vomiting is often the first symptom. Usually, a fever and diarrhea follow. Most children with rotavirus have very watery diarrhea that seems like a large amount for a baby or small child. The most severe diarrhea lasts 4 to 8 days. But episodes of diarrhea can last long after your child starts feeling better. In some children, diarrhea can last for a few weeks.
Diarrhea, especially when it occurs along with vomiting, can quickly lead to dehydration in babies and young children who have rotavirus. Watch your child closely for signs of dehydration, such as having only 1 wet diaper in a 12-hour period. Call your doctor right away if you think your child may be dehydrated.
hope this helps and that your daughter feels better!
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