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10/04/2013 at 15:30
This is just a woe is us post really.
N has diarrhoea and vomiting, has done since Monday morning. He is vomiting everything. I've got him on dioralyte and he throws up mid feed. Everything he eats and drinks goes straight through him. I took him to the GP this morning after he had a massive vomit, she just told me to carry on what I'm doing. I'm worried about him getting dehydrated as he's only little.
I'm trying to use my nursing logic but it's so hard when I have miserable vomiting, squitty poorly boy and I'm just doing tons of washing, scrubbing the carpet etc.
He's just not getting better!
Sorry for the moan.
10/04/2013 at 15:32
How awful, poor N. Hope he's better soon, and I'm sure your logic is still far better than most of us would manage in your situation x
10/04/2013 at 15:40
Aw poor n and poor you. Ur nursing just goes out the window. Are you giving him a fluid challenge? Isaac was v poorly Pre pox I was giving 5ml of water every 5mins (this Is fine for their age)
As you know, forget about food, its just fluid fluid fluid. If he's not tolerating that fluid challenge then I'd take him to ED, what's his tongue/eyes like? Is his skin dry? What's his CRT?
10/04/2013 at 15:41
Btw I only knew to do all this as my friend was texting me! I'm sure u will remember my post when is absolutely no idea what to do as like you say logic just disappears when it's your own child xx
10/04/2013 at 15:44
Your poor little boy, hope he's better soon xxx
10/04/2013 at 15:52
Ah poor boy, hope he starts drinking and keeping it down soon so he gets better x
10/04/2013 at 16:06
He's not overly accepting of a fluid challenge, I just got pushed away and pffffft said to me!
Today he took 50mls dioralyte and vomited whilst drinking it. He's had a bit of watered down Neocate (I know they don't advise half strength milk anymore but he's a milk monster, it's difficult), and he vomited all down me and him. Any milk he does have he gets diarrhoea about 20 minutes later. He had a bit of toast and had diarrhoea. It doesn't seem to matter what he takes it comes out one way or another. Dioralyte gives him diarrhoea.
The GP asked me if I'd given him calpol. WTF? I said no, why would I give him calpol for d&v? She also said it didn't matter if he got diarrhoea from dioralyte as the body takes what it needs. I fail to see how his body is taking anything!
His CRT is <2, his tongue is moist. His skin is dry anyway as he has ezcema. He has moments of playing so he's not lethargic.
I just worry after this amount of time how long he will tolerate being like this. Children go down so quickly it worries me.
10/04/2013 at 16:13
We've had it here too. C was very poorly with it last week, but coped with 24hrs just water and seemed to improve after that, she refused to drink dirolyte. S wouldn't drink water on it's own, so she's been having 1/2 strength milk starting her back on full strength today. The new NHS direct number advised the watered down milk. It seems to take at least 4 days before they even start to get better, but actually S hasn't been as ill as C. I've now been stuck in the house for 9 days!
10/04/2013 at 16:22
That's horrible, poor little man. I hope he is better soon x
12/04/2013 at 14:27
So it's day five and he still has profuse diarrhoea. He hasn't vomited since Wednesday but everything he eats or drinks (toast, 1/2 strength milk and dioralyte) goes straight through him. He's not even having dairy as he's on Neocate and I'm using his dairy free spread!
I just changed him and it was like soup. Shouldn't it be getting better by now?
12/04/2013 at 14:38
The diarrhoea tends to hang about for a few days after the vomiting has gone. I'd hold off the milk and keep giving water and dioralite, and light diet. Keep checking his cry and mucus membranes moist etc. I'd try ice lollies too (anything to get fluids into him) either home made or small ones from the shop.
12/04/2013 at 14:48
That is a long time for him to have it LLL, my little boy (3) had it for 48 hours and he was very poorly with it too.
I hope he gets better ASAP! Poor little thing x
12/04/2013 at 15:01
CP - he's having toast and banana. He's eating, it all just pours out of him afterwards. I'm worried about work, I've already taken time off to look after him. If it carries on he can't go to nursery Monday either. H can't take Monday off, it's just so difficult.
12/04/2013 at 15:11
Sounds just like us. Yesterday was day 5 and the nappies were awful. Today is better. No poo or sick, but a hungry, grumpy baby. He should be better soon. x
12/04/2013 at 15:12
Poor you and poor boy. I know you are keeping a close eye on him but if you're unsure, do take him to hospital. Over Christmas my youngest (17 months at the time) had several days of not being able to keep any liquid/food in and I took her to the docs twice in 2 days then on the 3rd day I rang shropdoc (it was Saturday) as she was still spewing up any water/dioralyte and her breathing started going quite fast - anyway, the nurse recommended I ring an ambulance and poor M ended up on a drip in hospital for a week. On initial inspection the consultant on the children's ward thought she might just be mildly dehydrated, it wasn't until her blood test results came back that he realised she was severely dehydrated and put her in the high dependency unit. There were underlying issues too which we didn't know about before the hospital admission so that's why she got so ill (she was nearly in intensive care) so I'm not saying this to frighten you in any way, just be wary as the GP had seen her the day before and said she was fine so it's true that kids go downhill so quickly. I'm normally one of those mums that rarely takes my kids to the GP cos it's always 'viral' and nothing can be done but I've definitely changed my view now! I really hope N gets better soon x
12/04/2013 at 15:14
Oh and I don't understand why the GP said to give Calpol either, surely that would upset his tummy even more???
12/04/2013 at 15:34
No I don't get the calpol bit either. Why would you take paracetamol for d&v?
Sorry your LO was so poorly Mossy, that sounds awful. The GP was a bit patronising, she didn't know I'm a paeds nurse. I'm waiting for a GP call back. If only to cover myself with work and check I'm not missing anything.
LWO - I hope your household is bug free soon. I've never known something like this carry on for so long. It's horrendous.
12/04/2013 at 15:49
Yes it doesn't hurt to get him checked out again, at least you can be reassured. It sounds promising that N isn't too lethargic, M was really lethargic and I did tell GP this. I hope he improves soon, let us know how he goes.
12/04/2013 at 19:57
Poor little thing. this bug is awful isn't it. O had it for just a couple of days and my friends LO had it for 5 days. The LO I look after has had it about 5 days too. I hope he is better soon he must be looking all skinny :-(
12/04/2013 at 22:09
Update: guess who has it now, oh yes, me! Excellent...
The GP was lovely, said that often diarrhoea continues as the stomach becomes irritated even after the infection has passed, I know you can be temporarily lactose intolerant, but as he's not on any dairy it doesn't fit, so it's possible he has still got a bug. We have to take in a stool sample Monday if it's continuing. She said she's had lots of phone calls this week with ongoing d&v, it's everywhere!
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