Sick baby- Loss of Appetite-- PLEASE HELP

Nikki - posted on 03/13/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Okay so my 9 month old son has been sick for a week now, here is the story

last Friday- went to a playdate, came home noticed he was a lil stuffy

Saturday- still a lil stuffy, used lil noses saline and aspirator, still seemed in a good mood and was eating fine

Sunday- woke up @ 4am to a fever of 104, gave him baby advil to break the fever it went down and then for the next 3 days it fluctuated between 101-104 went to the hospital b/c Monday we couldnt get it down, spent the day there, they said he's just fighting off a virus and to keep doing what we are doing. This is when he started eating alot less, no solids and all his milk he was projectile vommiting, so we gave him pedyialite and juice and water... he hates anything but formula so we were having a very hard time getting him to take any fluids, so we began using a dropper to get him to drink, b/c he wasn't peeing and was becoming dehydrated.

Tuesday -- fever broke, still not drinking enough fluids but a little bit more, still no solids, other then bread, a lil stuffy but not as bad

Wednesday- drinking more back to formula ( only 5: 4oz bottles over a 24 hour period, still not peeing as much and diarrhea began ( bright pastel yellow about 4-5 times a day also projectile vomitting twice

Thursday - exactly the same as Weds

Friday-- went to the doctor, he said everything is fine, more then likely is gastreonosis (sp?) and to continue giving fluids, but still having huge issues drinking anything but formula, and when he even sees his sippy cup or a bottle of something other then milk he starts crying so hard he throws up. He has lost over 2lbs this week.

Today- still diarrhea, still vommitting, got him to drink a lil more formula today 24 oz( threw up twice) but still no solids



My son normally eats about 30 ounces of formula a day and 3 meals ( equiv to about a jar and a half of veggies and a jar of fruit plus yogurt in the am and puffs during the day and rusks, Im not used to having to force him to take anything, also he has only been sick once before and only for 3 days, he seems happy and content and is still laughing and playing and sleeping on schedule, so the doctor is not worried, but the diarrhea and vommiting, plus loss of appetite is stressing me out big time, am I overreacting , is this normal, when should he be getting better???



Anyone gone through this with there baby before??

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Kimberly - posted on 03/13/2010

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I went through this with my son a few times and started to get worried as well. I actually took him to a few doctors because I was convinced they were missing something. I did learn though that as long as he isn't getting dehydrated then there really isn't anything you can do. If his behaviour drastically changes and he becomes lethargic take him in immediately. I would go back in a few days if he isn't getting better because that is quite awhile for a baby to be vomiting and having diarrhea.

I was told to stay away from dairy/formula as it is harder for them to digest and can actually make the diarrhea and vomiting worse. Kinda like when you get sick you don't want to drink milk. I don't know how you can do this since he's so attached but maybe try and give him half the amount of formula at a time or not as often and use a syringe to get some juice and other liquids into him. Mabye try slightly warming it so it's the same temp as the formula. Just keep offering him food and hopefully he will start to eat soon. My son would only want to eat applesauce when he was sick. If he wants bread, let him have it, it's better than nothing. The BRAT diet is good to follow if you can (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast). With that being said you know your baby best and if you truely think something is wrong other than what they said take him back until you get answers. Good luck, hope your little guy feels better soon:)

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Laureen - posted on 03/17/2010

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You know what, at his age, it must be teething.... usually babies from 6 months start growing teeth so usually some have diarrhoae, vomiting, fever and loss of appetite. You can use Bonjela or Ashton (teething powder) that you just apply in his gums twice a day for five days. Just try this and see. If it fails, then change the doc and have another opinion.

Laureen - posted on 03/17/2010

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You know what, at his age, it must be teething.... usually babies from 6 months start growing teeth so usually some have diarrhoae, vomiting, fever and loss of appetite. You can use Bonjela or Ashton (teething powder) that you just apply in his gums twice a day for five days. Just try this and see. If it fails, then change the doc and have another opinion.

Nikki - posted on 03/15/2010

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Thanks everyone, my doctor was away so I saw another doc that worked in the office he said it was fine for my son to lose weight because he is in the 100th percentile for weight but I still didnt like that.... I did start giving him just two ounces of formula at a time instead of 6 and had to use a dropper for pedyalite and did the B R A T diet , and yesterday he began improving and today he got his appetite back, no more diarrhea, no more vomitting and started filling diapers.... I AM SO HAPPY right now after a week of him not getting any better. My doc comes back on Thursday so Im going to go see him for another check up. The other docs told me the same thing if he is not extremely dehydrated there is not much they could do.... plus he was in high spirits always laughing and playing when I brought him in despite the initial fever and when he was throwing up and refusing liquids so that made them even less worried

Melissa - posted on 03/13/2010

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With this H1N1 flu go now to ER in different town if needed. !!!!!!!!!!!!! good luck hun.

Gabby - posted on 03/13/2010

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Keep Trying Honey NEVER give Up No Matter What they Say U never know what could happen

Kate CP - posted on 03/13/2010

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Get a different opinion ASAP. Babies are supposed to GAIN weight not lose it! The doctor you saw is either an idiot or didn't get the full story. Run, don't walk, to a different doctor and get a second opinion NOW.

Jennifer - posted on 03/13/2010

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I would go back to the ER and also find another doctor/ no matter what the doc says to you!

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