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NomsQualityStreets Sun 10-Jun-18 09:52:53

Posting for traffic.

Just barely starting to come around from a virus I've had for the last few days, it's still not 100% gone but it has left me really weak, drowsy and with a huge headache.
I have been EBF throughout and I've also been breaking out in hot and cold sweats through the day and then sticking to the sheets due to having a temperature at night and I feel extremely dehydrated to the point my lips are drying out and almost cracking.

I'm trying to drink plenty but there's only so much water I can have before my stomach can't take anymore - it doesn't seem to be doing anything yet and I'm feeling horrendous.

Does anyone have any tips on how to speed up the process if that's even possible?

MoanaofMotunui Sun 10-Jun-18 09:56:06

Could someone pick up some Dioralyte for you? It really helps with dehydration. Although you'd have to check if it's ok to drink while breastfeeding. Hope you feel better soon op x

FlibbertyGiblets Sun 10-Jun-18 09:58:15

Little sips of water often.

You might find plain crisps, just a few, help with the general feeling awful.

I hope you feel better soon.

Penfold007 Sun 10-Jun-18 10:01:41

Dioralyte as mentioned above is excellent. Also anything fluids with a bit of sugar in also help, apparently the sugar helps the digestive system hold onto the fluid a bit better. So squash, pop (not zero sugar versions), tea or coffee with a splash of milk can all help. Ice lollies and even veg such a celery, cucumber, carrots etc all help.

toolonglurking Sun 10-Jun-18 10:02:00

Water is good but dioralyte, electrolytes added to water or lucozade will help you rehydrate more efficiently.

Clairetree1 Sun 10-Jun-18 10:06:04

stop drinking water

it won't hydrate you, you will just pee it out.

you should be drinking tea, squash, re hydration fluids or similar.

MaMisled Sun 10-Jun-18 10:07:26

Definitely get some Dioralyte. You need to replace vital salts, not just fluids.

Feel better soon. X

Basta Sun 10-Jun-18 10:07:37

Sounds like you just haven't fully recovered from the virus yet, especially if you haven't been eating. You can't make all the symptoms disappear just by drinking gallons of water.

That said, try diluted fruit juice or maybe clear soup. You might find that easier than plain water. And start eating small amounts. You probably just need to give it a few more days.

FaithEverPresent Sun 10-Jun-18 10:09:17

Try ice lollies? They are gentler on the stomach than drinks but will hydrate you and may help your lips.

ToadOfSadness Sun 10-Jun-18 10:09:48

Weak tea with a little bit of sugar.

I used to drink Coca Cola in this kind of situation, until they changed the recipe and it tasted even worse than it used to, however that was a couple of years ago and I wouldn't recommend it now, not even sure what is in it these days, sweeteners etc. so would stick to the weak tea and a plain cracker or biscuit.

BeginningToWobble Sun 10-Jun-18 10:48:35

Hydration drinks dioralyte or sports ones if you have them.

lemony7 Sun 10-Jun-18 10:56:09

I’m always dealing with dehydration. Dioralyte tastes minging. Get ORS. Same place as Dioralyte in the shop; comes in a tube.

A teaspoon of salt and sugar in water works just as well. Don’t drink just water; add squash.

Ice lollies like the fruit pastille ones are best.

n0ne Sun 10-Jun-18 11:00:55

You need salt and sugar as well as water. Coconut water is an excellent rehydration fluid, it has naturally occurring electrolytes.

Rocinante1 Sun 10-Jun-18 11:03:58

Get an isotonic sports drink. Lucozade or something (not the fizzy one). You need to replenish your salts and sugar as well.

kaytee87 Sun 10-Jun-18 11:05:43

Poor you sad

Yes to rehydration sachets. You need some sugar and salt. Do you like lucozade or a sugary tea?

GlitterGlue Sun 10-Jun-18 11:11:18

Poor thing. You can make your own rehydration salts if nobody can get out to get you any. www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/oral-rehydration-salts-230966

Don’t need to add banana. Can add squash to make it taste less mingling.

AnnieOH1 Sun 10-Jun-18 11:19:15

When I had hyperemesis (with coffee ground vomit, ambo to resus room, a bag attached to both arms pumping fluids) I couldn't face food or drink, until I found coconut water. Genuinely it was the only thing I found that I could keep down or drink in large quantities. I realise there's a lot of hype and outright lies about it since the commercial explosion of it, all I know is it worked for me and I've had it since then during random illnesses too. flowers

NomsQualityStreets Tue 12-Jun-18 19:24:25

I just thought I'd update since I've had some great tips. I did get some ORS and been making sure I'm drinking around the clock no tea or coffee just diluted squash and had a couple of lucozade sports over the weekend.

I am still not back to normal although much better, my lips are still chapped, my mouth often feels dry, I'm also getting mild headaches and a feeling bit woozy towards the end of the day but at least I can do stuff.
I'm still sweating a bit at night but not nearly as badly as I did during the full blown illness and I still can't hear anything out of my ear, but I'm feeling so so much better than I was and I'm on the mend so just wanted to thank everyone who gave their advice as it definitely helped!

Clairetree1 Tue 12-Jun-18 20:13:55

good to hear - look after yourself

userofthiswebsite Tue 12-Jun-18 20:20:04

Water is good but the best thing is actually milk!!

Clairetree1 Wed 13-Jun-18 19:46:14

Milk is the worst thing possible if you are ill

agnurse Wed 13-Jun-18 20:21:27

Definitely agree with oral rehydration solutions, such as Gastrolyte/Pedialyte/equivalent. Do NOT go online and find a recipe to make your own - they tend to be unreliable.

Sugary sports drinks probably aren't the best for you as they can worsen diarrhea, due to the sugar.

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