Pedia sure? or possibly some homemade versions?

Jennifer - posted on 12/31/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I usually am totally against pediasure for a child that is just a picky eater. It is full of sugar and fills the child up, so they won't even try regular food. My problem is that my 4 year old is sick. He started with a high fever 9 days ago. The second day it was up to 104.4 (and Christmas Eve so doc office was closed) and I couldn't get it to go lower than 103 so I took him to the ER. The doc thought he possibly had pneumonia, but his x-ray came back clear. He was diagnosed with the flu and sent home. His fever did start to run lower, but stayed around for 5 days. On the 5th day it broke and stayed down for over 24 hours. Then on the 6th night, it spiked up again and he started breathing heavy. Of course I took him to the ER again. This time the doc thought he might be dehydrated from all the fever, but his blood work came back good, so once again we were sent home. Since that night, his fever has stayed down. My problem now is that all he has been doing is sleeping. He has no energy, and won't eat a thing. I have tried making his favorite dishes, and asking him what he wants, but after 1 bite (if I can even get him to try) he is done. This morning he actually decided he wanted to drink some milk and drank a few ounces. I was thinking since he is willing to do that, maybe I should try some pediasure? It won't be a long term thing, just something to jumpstart his appetite again, and something to give him a little energy. I hate seeing my little monkey so tired and down. He has also lost 7lbs through all this (was 50lbs, now 43). I would really like some suggestions, and maybe even some homemade version of this. I have tried to make him smoothies out of fresh fruits and 100% juice, but he doesn't want anything to do with those, so really need a milk based drink.

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User - posted on 01/01/2013

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oh, with the flu Im sure hes just feelin awful and I understand the he for sure doesnt want to eat. I dont think there is much you can do, he is losing alot of weight though, so Id just keep trying to feed him the smallest of things and keep him hydrated, thats all I know to do

Jennifer - posted on 01/01/2013

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Thanks for your responses. Sorry, should have clarified a little more. He has the actual flu (like what you get the shot for). He doesn't have a stomach bug, so no diarrhea or vomiting. He is just majorly congested in his chest, runny nose, fever, coughing, sneezing, achy body. I know most don't have an appetite when they are sick, but usually when they start getting better and the fever breaks, the appetite comes back. Yesterday afternoon, he did actually start eating a little more, but still not enough to keep him going. I weighed him this morning and he is down another 1.5lbs! During his bath, I noticed his ribs are sticking out like crazy. He has a completely different body type than most 4 year olds. He doesn't normally have an oucne of fat on him, but he has major muscle (The kid already has a 6-pack!) I know the muscle burns up calories faster than fat, so he looses weight really fast. He is hydrated. He has been drinking through this whole thing (mostly water), but now that we are 10 days in this, he really needs the food to provide his body with the energy it needs.
Oh, and I always have the tubes of frozen yogurt in my freezer. I coupon and get those for really cheap and know they are a healthy snack for all my kids. That was the only thing he would eat for a couple days, but now he's been refusing them as well. :(

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my dr told me when my little one is sick that any dairy products, and juices can make diarrhea worse or prolong it, if he has it. Im sorry he is sick, its hard because they just have to go through it when we cant do too much at all. Hopefully he doesnt have diarrhea but if so Id keep him away. I noticed too when my son was sick that he too didnt have an appetite, but if I tried to give him a drink or food having it in a cool container or something you know he'll like, mine was more apt to eating/drinkin it. They also have pedialite which I highly recommend, it helps keep em hydrated. they also make pedialite popsicles.
Anything like plain crackers and applesauce help too, they dont upset their tummies as much as other things.
My son does drink pediasure everyday for weight gain. He eats like any other toddler, but he was in the 1st percentile in weight so we started 4 months ago and he's gained three pounds from it so far. I wasnt big on it when the dr first recommended it but Im glad he drinks it because its just enough to gain weight plus eat like normal.
The pediasure should at least get some type of nurishment in him. You should ask a dr first just to see what the daily recommendations are. For warning though they are expensive. I wouldnt necessarily try it until you've exhausted all other options.
I also agree with Julia, the frozen yogurt is a good way to go

Julia - posted on 12/31/2012

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If it needs to be milk based I would freeze something like that too! Strawberry or chocolate milk or Yogurt (or even freeze those yogurt tubes) seems to help fight any bacteria in her stomach/digestive system.

Julia - posted on 12/31/2012

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When my 3 yr old gets the flu, I freeze Pedialyte so she can suck on it, or give her popsicles or frozen organic yogurt so she gets some blood sugar and fluids to start helping her feel better and get her fever down. Fluids are so important! I don't ever give her sugary things but when she's feverish or throwin up I give her those things so she doesn't get dehydratred... Praying he feels better- sorry he's sick!

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