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Old 01-24-2009, 06:57 PM   #1
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Forcing Fluids

So Grace has been sick since Tuesday night. Between Tuesday and Wednesday, she vomited 6 times. After that was over, she was drinking apple juice and water, but not eating. I didn't call the doctor because I figured there was nothing they could really do for her. I ended up taking her in today, because she has been running a fever (102.3 rectally), and I still cannot get her to eat hardly anything. She had been taking fluids, but today she really hasn't. They did several tests, and the only thing that showed up is that she has a virus. Her white blood cell count is only 2,800 when normal is 10,000. I am to give her pedialyte or gatorade and bring her back in on Monday. She hates both, and now wont even drink juice or water because she is afraid it will be the pedialyte or gatorade. I tried forcing gatorade into her body with a medicine dropper, but even that was a struggle. Does anyone have any other suggestions? I am really nervous about her becoming dehydrated, and I don't want her to wind up hospitalized with IV's!

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Old 01-24-2009, 07:59 PM   #2
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How about a pedialyte freezer pop? If she is old enough to have them; would she eat one? Jell-O is another good source of tasty water. It is recommended for dysphagia patients so they can get some hydration without the risk of choking or aspiration. It is so hard to rehydrate after vomiting so I don't know how much of the pops/Jell-O you'd need to get her to eat. Hope this helps. I totally understand and sympathize about trying to avoid the IV! Will she drink plain old water? Maybe drop the gatorade for a little bit?

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Old 01-25-2009, 03:41 AM   #3
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Hi Megs

I am sorry that Grace is unwell. I really don t have much advice to give you. However when my niece had the same problem the dr suggested giving her niece did not have any gastric problems but severe infection...and it was the only thing she would drink.. This was the only way they prevented dehydration.

Really hope that your precious one gets better soon. How are you doing? How s your back? How are you coping with things? Take care.


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Thanks everyone. Still no luck today. I am about ready to take her to the ER. We called her pediatricians office tonight, and they said they would have the Dr. call us back. After an hour, we still hadn't heard, so we called again. It has been almost 2 hours and still no phone call! Luckily she has an appointment but I am not too thrilled with her ped office right now.
She did take a couple of sips of a juice box, and a few sips of water today. I even tried 7 up, but she just sneers and pushes the cup/ bottle away. This is so weird. All she ate today was half a banana and a couple of bites of rice. I also tried ice cream with no luck. She only had 1 wet diaper today, and she hasn't gone #2 since Wednesday or Thursday. I really hope tomorrow will be better, but I have said that every night since Tuesday. What could possibly be wrong with her! Of course, I am thinking the worst...

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How is Grace doing? Is she feeling any better? Has she started eating again? Hope that she is ok.

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Wow, my son was just going thru this and he had double ear infections and RSV. He had to be put on breathing treatments and antibiotics. Well the antibiotics didn't get all the ear infection in his right ear, and now he's got a small tear in his eardrum, and he's on more meds. These are really screwing with his eating and drinking. I am really frustrated with it right now, but as I understand its just painful. Although if I break out the blueberries or grapes, he's all about it.

I just know what you're going thru, and sorry I dont have any better advice...

Have things turned around yet?

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Yes she is all better and can eat more than me right now! I'm not even kidding. She has also been eating 3x in the nights. As it turns out, she had rosiola (sp?). One evening she broke out in a rash and bam, her appetite was back and with a vengence
I'm sorry to hear about your little guy. I hear ear infections are so painful. Grace has never had one luckily. I hope he gets better soon!

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