My dd, who will be 4 in May, has been having diarrhea for 3 days now. I think I counted at least 10 times today. She falls to the floor and screams that her belly is hurting off and on through the day. And, of course, her bottom is sore. She's not eaten much at all in 2 days.
I'm offering her anything she wants to eat. Today she had 1 bite of a banana and 1 french fry. I offered her tons of different things and she wouldn't touch them. She's drinking milk and water, but won't touch the pedialyte. After she goes to the bathroom, I'm washing her bum with warm water and coating her with desitin. What else should I be doing, or be doing different? I checked the pharmacy and all the anti diarrheal meds are for children 6 and over. thanks
Sips of fluids all through the day. Can be water, diluting juice, ice pops etc but I would avoid milk for now. The pedialyte - make it up and add maybe 5 mls to a glass of juice. She won't taste it but she will still get the electrolytes from it. Other than that there isn't much else you can do right now apart from give her comfort. It will pass. Try not to worry about her food intake just now, she will eat normally again when she feels better. As long as she is taking on as much fluid as she can slowly then that's ok xxx
That's pretty much what we've done. Continuing to offer liquids is key, any kind they'll drink (I mean, not like a coke, but you know, something reasonable). I make up an oral rehydration solution (google it and you'll fine a recipe) and offer that plus water or milk or whatever. I keep a cup or a bottle next to her all day pretty much so she's encouraged to sip from it. I offer food as usual whether or not she eats it is up to her. We had a lot of miso soup (I get it in packets) last time because it was liquid and had some salt in it and she would drink it. Chicken or beef broth would work too. I'm usually pretty strict about not making special foods (like we all eat the same thing), but in this case, I'm a lot more flexible and if she really won't eat what we're having but asks for something else (within reason), I'm happy to oblige if it's healthy. And then just wake for it to pass.
Thanks ladies. We've just been up an hour and so far she's gone to the bathroom twice. I'm going to run out and get a different flavor of pedialyte and try mixing with a bit of juice. It's just awful as she screams when she goes to the bathroom. Hopefully it'll pass soon. thx again
No milk until she feels better. That can really upset an already upset tummy. Pedialyte makes popsicles, too. My kids aren't crazy about the drink, but they'll sit and suck on a popsicle when they aren't feeling well. You can freeze some of the pedialyte you already have to try it out.
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