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4mo had bug but still of her food? HELP

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islasmummy2013 Sat 15-Jun-13 11:27:06

My dd is 19 weeks old and on Tuesday woke up vomiting, she was only sick 4 times that morning and hasn't been since. She also had the runs and a temperature, it is now Saturday and she's only drinking a maximum of 3 ounces of formula every 4 hours, she usually drinks 9. I have been to my gp and was told to just keep an eye on her and bring her back if she doesn't improve.
Is this normal? I'm a first time mum so I'm obviously worried, iv tried to get her to have some water to try and prevent dehydration but she promptly refused, I just don't know what to do!

monikar Sat 15-Jun-13 14:50:37

If she is having 3 ounces every 4 hours then that is something. So in a 24 hour period she is having 6 feeds? That would add up to 18 ounces which is nearly a pint. That is less than she normally takes, but if she is holding it all down then she is still having some.

I suspect that with a baby who has had a bug, it is a bit like us when we are sick, we don't go back to proper eating for a few days. I expect it will pick up in a day or two.

If she is producing wet nappies and her soft spot is not sunken then she is not dehydrated.

When this happened with my DD and I needed to get extra water into her, I would make the bottles up as normal and then add an extra half ounce of water. Your DD may be rejecting the water as it tastes so different to her usual milk.

If you are worried over the weekend you can call out-of-hours gp or phone the children's ward at your local hospital. They were very helpful when I called them.

Good luck, it is horrible when they are ill.

islasmummy2013 Sat 15-Jun-13 17:21:45

She's only having 4 bottles a day, 5 if I can push it. The gp said she's not dehydrated but she's not having wet nappys and her soft spot does seem a bit sunken! I have tried giving her water with a calpol syringe which seems to be working so hopefully she'll start getting back on track.

Thank you for responding

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