Diarrhea in 4 year olds and what to feed them

Choly - posted on 01/22/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My 4 year old daughter just started having diarrhea and vomiting tonite.. I think she may have the rotavirus seeing she has all the symptoms (very liquidy diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, low grade fever and stomach cramping) and it is also peak season for it as well.. That and her two cousins just got over something similiar.. I am going to the store first thing in the morning (along with calling her pediatrician).. any tips on what to feed a child with diarrhea? What works and doesn't work? I am definatly picking up pedialyte for fluids that is for sure. I apprieciate it, thank you. Also, should tylenol be avoided for the low grade fever?

- choly

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Monica - posted on 01/23/2011

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with diarreha you want to hydrate and do the brats diet for bananas, rice, apple sauce and toast, this will help thicken the stool pedilyte and gateraide will help hydrate stay away from any dairy this will irratate the stomach more. definatly put some type of cream on the tush to sooth it from all the acids with loose stool or it will become raw and painful

Danielle - posted on 01/23/2011

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tylenol or motrin isnt gonna cause any harm, so why not try it. if shes not eating well try carnation instant breakfast or pediasure (half the adult serving for carnation) anything mint will help her little tummy, i would just suggest pepto, but ask the doc first. also try a warm compress (like moist heat) for her tummy and rubbing it actually does help. hope she feels better soon!

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Tina - posted on 09/03/2012

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I'm a peds RN and we recommend the Brat or Brac diet (bananas, applesauce, rice, toast or crackers). Water water water. Do not give Gatorade to children period. The sodium content is high and makes dehydration worse. Give pedialyte only after speaking to your DR office... If your child is sick longer than 24 hours or is very lethargic or unable to stand it is time to go to the ED. Dehydration is the concern here. Dry mouth and tongue, cap refill more than 3 seconds, no urination in 6 hours... Good luck!

Kelly - posted on 01/23/2011

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plenty of water, flat 7up is good as well, dry toast/ crackers etc and calpol worked brill with my 5 year old the other week, mite work for you as well, its worth a try

Carol - posted on 01/23/2011

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Make sure she drinks plenty of liquids she may not want to eat something heavy, maybe try chicken broth and crackers or chicken noodle soup and toast. Give her a little tylenol or Ibuprofen to help with aches and pains. If she gets a rash down there use Budros butt paste it will clear it up in no time.

Stifler's - posted on 01/23/2011

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Tylenol is good for pain relief of the stomach cramping and sore butt and all that. Pedialyte, clean water (boiled then cooled), things that aren't acidic like toast, cheese, banana.

Nohblee - posted on 01/23/2011

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And try and apply some kind of nappy rash cream to her anus area as this will help to soothe the burning that can come with this kind of bug

Nohblee - posted on 01/23/2011

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Ive heard that sarsparilla (cordial or softdrink) can help to kill bacteria in the gut. Also a small amount (around 4 squares) of 70% dark chocolate worked for my friends 18 month old. I myself would cut out dairy and citrus and look for a product to help your child stay hidrated. Use all the normal paracetamol and ibuprofen products to bring down her temp but if she isnt too miserable with a low grade fever then u dont even need medicinal help, just dont overdress her and keep her cool with icepops if she will take it and a wet washer on her head. Sometimes the fever can help to fight the disease/bacteria but im afraid you will have to most probably ride it out other then this

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