i think my little girl's ill but doctor wont give her anything to help her!

Jo - posted on 04/26/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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my 18 month old daughter millie has had diorrhea for a few days now and is always cranky and is sleeping alot, she has a temperature on and off and fussing with her food which isnt like her attall, shes normally always a happy toddler, and eats alot too, she usually only has a 1 hour nap a day but shes been havin 2 and 3 hours naps, the doctor thinks she has a viral infection but say she'll get rid of it on her own, but im not so sure, i just want my healthy happy lil girl back please please help im panicking incase its something more serious that they havent picked up on, i would be very gratefull for any help with this, because she sant actually tell me whats wrong im worrying even more! am i paranoid? xxxx

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You are the mom, you know if something is not right. Go to another doctor if you have to get peaceful about it. The advice about the pedialyte or juice with a pinch of salt is spot on. When dehydration is an issue, we need sugar and salt together to help the body hold onto some of the fluids taken in. Do whatever you need to do to get her to drink. I just went thru this with my 16 month old, spent over an hour until I found something she felt like drinking out of. I tried medicine droppers and every sippy cup and bottle I have. Finally she wanted to drink out of a little medicine cup, thought it was fun or something. She made a royal mess, but eventually got some fluids in her and that was the important thing. Just remember, you are your child's advocate, no one else takes her health as seriously as you do, and you do whatever you need to do to get your mind and heart at peace that she's OK.

Jane - posted on 04/28/2009

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Hi, If you are really worried I would take her to Accident & Emergency to get a second opinion. My little boy recently had Laryngitis and was very very poorly sleeping 20 hours out of 24 which is unlike him, he wouldnt eat because he throat was so sore and all that he drank he threw up from all the coughing, he also had a temperature on and off! I took him to see the nurse and she wouldnt prescribe anything so when four days later he still was not improving I demanded to see a doctor who also wouldnt prescribe anything apart from some nasal drops to help him breath better. He confirmed I could give him Calpol and Ibuprofen at the same time. After ten days my little boy was a lot better although was still sleeping alot for about another week. It is worrying if you do not see any improvement, I would take her back even just to ease your own mind, I know it made me feel better.

Shereen - posted on 04/27/2009

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If you're really unsure take her for a second opinion. We did that with our daughter after ,week of vomiting and diarrhea. We took her to our normal gp daily,we finally decided enough was enough and took her in to the ER she was admitted for 4 days for dehydration and anemia. I had a doctor tell me that moms are rarely wrong about their kids health.

Nancy - posted on 04/27/2009

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There's been some wonderful advice for you I can only add that when my daughter had a stomach flu for over a week with vomitting and diarrhea our beloved pharmasist suggested apple juice with a small amount of salt in it which is simular to pedialite because our daughter refused the pedialite. dehydration can cause kids to be tired and lethargic so check her skin regularly, If you lightly pinch the skin on the top of her hand and it doesn't bounce back but slowly goes down more like an elderly person they could be dehydrated. You can also tell by their tongue and lips on how dry they are. I hope all is well, i don't think you can ever be too paranoid when it comes to a little one.

Kalina - posted on 04/27/2009

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You no what give her tempra it could be her teeth and pedealite for the diarrea that will help alot

Poonam - posted on 04/26/2009

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My daughter picked up a virus which caused on and off fever plus vomiting which ended with diarrhea it took her three weeks to recover. For vomiting i gave her baby gravol for diarrhea there is NO MEDICINE for the kids. The virus has to take its toll. You can still give her milk if she wants ( i am aware that people believe giving dairy during diarrhea is a big no no but my doctor said it was okay to give dairy during diarrhea if thats the only thing your kid wants. The diarrhea will last a little longer but at the same time your kid will still get the nuritents from the milk and not dehydrate) I tried giving pedialite to my daughter she strictly refused to drink. The kids tend to sleep more when they are sick. Let her sleep as that will help her to recover faster......Good Luck

Jocelyn - posted on 04/26/2009

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when my little guy was sick, i was told to give him tylenol and motrin (alternating every four hours) and to make sure he drank lots of pedialite. it helped :) and lots of sleep is good too!

Danielle - posted on 04/26/2009

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If it is a virus, all you can do is give them fever reducer and lots~o~LOVE! Do you think she might be teething? My 16 month old gets a fever and cold-like symptoms when she is teething. Sometimes she throws up too! Good luck with all!!

Jo - posted on 04/26/2009

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thank-you so much at i will keep my eye on her and see how she goes, the doctor told me to give her calpol and ibuprofen at the same tym but it didnt sound right to me so i just give her calpol, i am grateful for ur advice, i just feel helpless xxx

Chelsi - posted on 04/26/2009

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Unfortunately all you can do is wait. Give her the tylenol for the fever and just lots of love and attention. I can't stand not being able to help my baby but Dr's REALLY don't like giving meds to kids under the age of 6. Just monitor the temp though because my daughter had just turned 1 and got Roseola fever. All I was able to do was give her tylenol AND motrin to keep her fever under 104 and 5 days later it finally broke. After the fever broke though I noticed a rash all across her back which indicated roseola. Don't think you are paranoid becuase you are a mom who cares!

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