View Full Version : What to feed toddler after stomach flu?
02-22-2007, 06:03 PM
Can someone give me an idea of what to feed my 17-month-old son that he'll keep down? He hasn't eaten for 48 hours, but I've been faithfully feeding him Powerade in small amounts, about 80% of which has come back up. I just tried feeding him a bit of dry toast, but that promptly came back up. So far the 2-3 Tbsp. of plain applesauce I gave him has stayed but it's only been 10 minutes! I seem to remember hearing about the BRAT diet: Banana, Rice, Applesauce, Toast. Is this correct for post-vomiting/diarrhea? Any advice is appreciated, since I'm awfully tired of cleaning up puke (and washing countless loads of towels, blankets, sheets, & pajamas...)!!!
02-22-2007, 06:15 PM
My baby is also going through this. He has been getting about a teaspoon of Gatorade every 5 minutes. When he keeps it down for an hour we go to 2 t every 5 minutes and so on. Our doctor told us to wait on solids until liquids have stayed down for several hours. Then cautiously proceed to the BRAT diet and that we could try plain crackers. He also said to water down his milk, as it can upset the tummy too. Hope your little one gets better soon!
02-22-2007, 06:24 PM
I haven't even tried giving Nick milk yet, since I learned the hard way about giving milk too soon with Blake. He was about 2, and was over the flu, exept every time I gave milk, it all came back up: lovely big white chunks all over the place!!! He puked up so much milk, that I finally decided he had lactose intolerance & started giving him soy milk. After 2-3 weeks of that I tried regular cow's milk and he was fine... I even found an article to support that: http://baby.families.com/blog/lactose-intolerance-can-your-toddler-suddenly-develop-it
02-22-2007, 08:34 PM
THis may take a LONG time to get over and back to a normal diet. My son, 2 1/2, took several weeks..two ro three before he was eating normal. Once he kept liquids down, it was cracker city for days and days and days. This, too, shall pass.
You know, 48 hours is a long time not to have food but, even longer not to have much fluids- I'd take him to the doc. It might not be a flu, there was a nasty virus going around here and in states to the south that made the news- it even shut down a school system in mass at one point. It was narley. Our daughter got it christmas night and couldn't hold anything down. She became weak and dehydrated. We took her in and they gave her a ton of fluids through the IV and then gave her Zofran in a small enough dose to help her to stop vomiting. It's a drug they give cemo patients for their nausea. It is safe for pregnant woman (I took at different point in both pregnancies- this one before I knew I was pregnant) and though they don't make it in a child dose they can still give it to them. She got it through her IV. It stopped the vomiting but not the diarriah. . .that was just fine as once the vomiting was over she could slowly begin to drink and eat again. I hope that helps. -ren
02-23-2007, 09:42 AM
I would definitely give him crackers and water, usually crackers help settle the stomach, but i agree about the doctor... that is, if you haven't taken him yet. Better safe then sorry.
02-23-2007, 05:19 PM
I've taken him to emerg. in our local hospital twice now & the Dr's have been about as helpful as a hole in the head. Last night the Dr wouldn't even look at him; just told me to give him Gravol suppositories & popsicles. (Like I hadn't tried that!) It's pretty hard to get Gravol to stay in though, whether through mouth or suppositories, 'cuz it's pretty much all flowing out both ends. What to do... I've pretty much had all I can take this week, but I don't know what my options are... I've completely given up the idea of any solid food 'cuz he's not even keeping the Powerade & popsicles down...
02-23-2007, 05:31 PM
Is he having wet diapers? If he has been dry for 8 or more hours I would definately try to get him seen. I'm sorry you are are going through this. Definately not fun. I pray he feels better soon!
Oh my :shock: I feel paniced for you! The odc.s aren't even hooking him to an iv to hydrate him? Are there anyother hospitols you could tae him to? Do you have pedialite in Canada? That's made for little kids and deals with vomit and diarriah specifically. I'm going to take amoment right now to pray. . . ok back. Can you you call and ask about having an IV or ask them to prescribe Zofran or another anti-nausea med.? I'm normally for a more natural healing thing but, I don't mess with non stop vomiting- dehydration is HUGE deal with little ones. Ok mama, I'm not being helpful I'm sure but, I'm seriously praying for your son tonight. -ren
02-23-2007, 10:56 PM
Okay, I finally called HealthLink (a toll-free number to talk to a registered nurse) and the nurse I talked to was much more helpful than the Dr's I'd been to. I was really worried already 'cuz I didn't think Nick had had a wet diaper in a day or two, but it was pretty hard to tell with watery diarrhea in every diaper!! But she told me to try giving Powerade/ginger ale/diluted juice, 1 oz. at a time, every 5 minutes, which I did for an hour, and nothing came back up!!! Now he's had 2 crackers in the last hour, plus the constant "dribble" of fluids, and nothing has come up in 2.5 hours! PTL!!! Thanks for your prayer, crunchy!!!
It does seem as though the Dr's could've told me this days ago though... :x
I was giving 1-2 oz. at a time, but only every hour or so...
02-23-2007, 11:47 PM
Oh Praise God! That is great to hear! I would've been stressing about it too!
nearly crying- I'm so happy to hear this news- PTL!!!!!! Oh, mama I'm sooooo happy for you! Thankyou Lord for helping mama out! Thankyou Lord that little boy is keeping stuff down!!