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Recurrent vomiting and dehydration in a toddler

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sootytotherescue Sat 30-Jul-11 09:07:03

DD2 started vomiting last night, but seemed to pull herself round before bed, slept all night and then woke up vomiting this morning and is extremely lethargic. This is the fourth time since December, twice we have been admitted into hospital for fluids and I feel this is going to go the same way. sad

We syringe water/dioralyte every 15 mins but it usually all comes back and this generally goes on for at least 24 hours. I know it's still early days yet.

What I'm wanting to ask though, is, is this number of stomach bugs normal and if anyone else has a dc who dehydrates easily, is this just how they react every time? I don't know whether to push for further investigations or if I'm just being paranoid?

BTW, she was born with gastro problems but her consultant is certain she should suffer no longterm effects from that and any further problems are completely unrelated so I'm looking at this from the perspective of a 'normal' child iyswim.

HoneyPablo Sun 31-Jul-11 07:18:33

That does seem a lot of tummy bugs. How old is DD?
I look after toddlers and on average, I would say that 1 tummy bug a year is about normal. In my experience, it is quite unusual for children to end up in hospital after a normal tummy bug.
Sounds like these episodes need further investigating. Could they be related to her previous gastro problems? Or could it be a food intolerance?
I don't think you are being paranoid at all in seeking further investigations.

sootytotherescue Mon 01-Aug-11 16:23:59

Thanks for the reply Honey, after my last post on Saturday morning she made a miraculous recovery and was back to her normal self and eating as usual by Sunday.

However, that was still the fourth episode of vomiting since December. At first I put it down to her big sister going to pre-school and bringing bugs back with her.

Will complete post later grin

sootytotherescue Mon 01-Aug-11 16:56:39

Bloody family dropping in unannounced!

We are seeing her consultant again next month and will discuss it then and they'll probably keep an eye on her as in not discharging her for another 6 months. Her original problem was more of a physical abnormality that was fixed surgically so not sure how it could lead to her picking up more bugs though as she had a small portion of her colon removed I could see how it could lead to dehydration.

DeWe Mon 01-Aug-11 17:21:06

I'd say whereas it is a high number sometimes you get these things. Dd1 who has hardly ever been ill since birth got gasterentoitis 4 times in as many months when I was pregnant with dd2 (and then passed it onto me... thankswink) She was aged about 2.6yo then.
I think she's been sick twice since then and once was complication with pneumonia, and she's nearly 11.

sootytotherescue Fri 05-Aug-11 11:46:30

Can't believe I'm posting this but she started vomiting again last night and then once this morning so far. She seems ok with it though and has had some toast and crisps and plenty juice. Not her usual reaction to vomiting. confused

DeWe - I hope you right and this all calms down.

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