Help! I have woken up this morning with what is clearly a viral vomiting/diahoreal bug. I haven't eaten since Sunday evening, and this morning have even been throwing up water.
Apart from very scrupulous handwashing, is there anything that I can do to minimise the chances of passing this to my 14 week old breastfed baby?
Advice from HV has been to keep feeding as usual, but I'm a bit worried about running low as I become more dehydrated as the day goes on. I'm trying to keep sipping water, but I do feel terribly grotty and seem to be losing fluids as fast as I can get them down.
If you were keeping water down, I wouldn't be worried at all, but throwing up water is pretty scary. (I've had a couple of milder tummy bugs while bf this time around, and have been fine, if slightly drained.) The HV is right that you should keep feeding.
I'd talk to a doctor and see if there are any drugs you can get, though. I know there's a very strong anti-vomiting drug, administered by needle, which is totally not safe if you're pregnant, but I don't know if it's ok when breastfeeding. Is the vomiting regular, or does it only happen when you take something in? If it's only when you take something in, maybe try not having anything for an hour to let your stomach calm down, then try one sip, wait five minutes, etc?
I'd also try dioralyte or similar when you can drink, just to try to get some sugars and salts in ...