Toddler vomitting and diarrhea, no fever. Help??

Angela - posted on 07/30/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My 19-month-old daughter has had diarrhea for a little over a week now, and for the past 4-5 nights, I have woken up to vomit in her bed. And the past few days, it seems she can't keep anything down. She'll seem fine when we feed her (what little just does eat), but a little while later she'll have a bad tummy ache and just puke everything up. Her stools are very loose and runny, and she hasn't been urinating very often. I'm trying to keep her hydrated with clear liquids, but she doesn't seem to want anything to do with food. She has no fever, and I took her to the Dr. a couple days ago, and he said she was fine, and we just had to wait it out. I'm just worried that she's not getting enough nutrition... Is there anything I can do to aid the healing process, or do I really just have to wait for this to pass?

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Suzie - posted on 07/31/2012

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I think 4 or 5 days with diarrhea and vommitting for a little one that age is too long without medical help... I know you took her to the doctor. I just think you should take her back! I am a nutritionist and its ok for kids to not hold down food/drink for a day or two but when you start getting into 5 nights.... thats when I start worrying that dehydration could worsen. She might need to be put on a drip. Just my opinion.... but I would call the doctor. And I am one of those who doesn't take my kids to the doctor unless it is absolutely necessary.

In the meantime, pedialyte is your best bet... you probably have been already doing that though. Anything milk-based could make it worse depending on the bug she has.

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Chaya - posted on 09/18/2012

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Try emiminating diffeent foods from her diet, one at at time, do this with dr superveision. I had simliar issues for some months, it turned out I'm gluten intolerant, it could be any food though

Denikka - posted on 08/02/2012

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At this point, her problem may just be perpetuating itself.
When I was pregnant with my second child, I got sick. 24 hour flu or something, nothing major. But I couldn't keep anything at all down or in my system for that time. I had the runs, I was throwing up..short version..major sucky horribleness.
Anyways....for the next 3 weeks, I couldn't keep anything down. I was fine up until I ate or drank something. Then roughly half an hour later, I would throw it back up. It didn't matter what it was. A sip of water or steak and potatoes. EVERYTHING came back up and then I'd have to deal with 2-3 hours of horrible nausea afterward.
At the time, my midwife gave me a nausea suppressant for pregnant women (ginger wasn't doing ANYTHING) and as long as I took it, I could eat light meals.
Eventually I ended up in the hospital because even a week+ after starting those pills (no symptoms as long as I took them), if I stopped them, I went straight back to square one.
Basically, what I was told was that I was SO dehydrated that my body was reacting to food and drink as essentially a foreign substance-kind of like a food poisoning incident. My body was unable to process the food or drink and so it was rejecting it-trying to get it out of my system.
So, I got pumped full of saline, got fully rehydrated, and went home without another problem. I could eat and I didn't need to take those pills any more.

It may be the same case with your daughter. It may have started out with a legitimate illness and now the problem is just making itself worse. I would suggest asking your doctor about getting her rehydrated or even taking her in to the hospital to get it done. At that young, dehydration can be pretty dangerous. You definitely want to bring her back in.

Harleen - posted on 08/02/2012

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my suggestion in diarrhea,please stop giving milk.
Give her ORS.
ORS is simple treatment for dehydration associated with diarrhea,
It consists of a solution of salts,water and sugars that is taken by mouth.(home made)

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