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Best way to give a 1 year old dioralyte?

(22 Posts)
JDad2015 Wed 19-Oct-16 16:24:41

Does anyone have a successful way to administer dioralyte (oral rehydration fluid) to a 1 year old?

I've tried a Tommee Tippee beaker and now her regular milk bottle. I've tried adding 'no added sugar' Ribena. She hates all of the above.

She's never been a great water drinker though she's never had a problem with milk.

Any suggestions?

SnowInLove Wed 19-Oct-16 16:28:22

How about trying a Calpol syringe? It would take a while to administer in such small doses but worth a try.

KanyesVest Wed 19-Oct-16 16:45:12

Freeze it in an ice lolly mould? It can be a treat!

mouldycheesefan Wed 19-Oct-16 16:47:25


dementedpixie Wed 19-Oct-16 16:51:55

It's disgusting so no wonder she won't drink it! Offer ice lollies and food instead maybe

dementedpixie Wed 19-Oct-16 16:52:40

Is she showing signs of dehydration? Will she still take milk?

JDad2015 Wed 19-Oct-16 16:55:26

That was my next step - got about 20ml in before she got extremely cross. But thanks for the tip.

IwillrunIwillfly Wed 19-Oct-16 16:57:57

Best way is to mix it with sugary juice and give her 5mls every 5 mins with a syringe. If she's been vomiting and can't tolerate that (keeps vomiting) then she needs to be seen. Even if she doesn't like it its worth being cruel to be kind to stop her becoming dehydrated. If she's refusing all drinks could she have a sore throat? In which case maybe give her some paracetamol?

If she absolutely refuses it but will take sugary juice without the dioralyte, just get her to drink that. Not as quick to rehydrate but its better than nothing. Good luck!

JDad2015 Wed 19-Oct-16 16:59:04

Above post referred to syringe method. Will try ice one.

She's taking milk fine. GP said to try some dioralyte. And no solid food for 24 hours.

dementedpixie Wed 19-Oct-16 17:02:43

Current nhs advice is not to starve them so sounds like your go advice is out of date. If they are hungry give bland carb rich foods. I normally start with toast

dementedpixie Wed 19-Oct-16 17:02:58

GP *

Artandco Wed 19-Oct-16 17:06:49

I haven't heard of no food either. I would give simple food. 'Sick' food here is:

- chicken and rice. Just some small or shredded pieces of plain chicken. Add peas sometimes

- chicken and noodle soup

- porridge made with water

- apple purée

RockinHippy Wed 19-Oct-16 17:08:24

Will she drink coconut water instead??

It tastes a lot like milk, so hidden in a sippy cup she might not notice & it is a natural rehydration fluid , so will do the same job as Diaralyte

dementedpixie Wed 19-Oct-16 17:09:53

Would that not have a laxative effect?

Artandco Wed 19-Oct-16 17:10:09

Diarylte is basically sugar and salt hydration. So you can give that using other stuff. Flat lemonade is recommended and salty plain crisps or salted butter with marmite on toast.

RockinHippy Wed 19-Oct-16 17:21:06

Thinking on it further, Milk is also a good rehydration fluid, though not if theres any chance they are intolerant, not great if they are still vomiting too shudders at childhood memory of drinking milk & vomiting cottage cheese a few minutes later

Our GP has suggested flat coke & crisps in the past for DD, but she was quite a bit older, not so sure its the best idea for a 1yo

Coconut water shouldn't be laxative, we drink a lot of it & haven't had that problem

Artandco Wed 19-Oct-16 17:25:59

Rock - I think ds2 was only 1 year when doctor recommended flat lemonade ( sugary but no caffeine like coke). I thought wtf he's 1, but it makes sense. It's only for a day or two, and they only drink a tiny bit.
Apart from when they have been sick I don't allow mine sugary drinks at all still, ds1 is 6 1/2.

RockinHippy Wed 19-Oct-16 17:31:28

Thats good to know then Artco, I wasn't judging, I'd just never heard of that recommended for such a young one, so wasn't sure if it was okay or not, but if your GP recommended it, then it must be safe

Artandco Wed 19-Oct-16 17:35:45

I suppose it the whole ' yes it's crap sugar water basically, but if it prevents hospitalisation for dehydration', then it's bad but preventing worse?

Mishaps Wed 19-Oct-16 17:38:21

I have never met anyone, adult or child, who can stomach dioralyte. Give her ice lollies - they have lots of sugar in (which she will need if she is vomiting) and they are tasty and fun and she will consume them slowly, which is a good way of getting liquid down without it returning.

RockinHippy Wed 19-Oct-16 17:38:46

I suppose it the whole ' yes it's crap sugar water basically, but if it prevents hospitalisation for dehydration', then it's bad but preventing worse

Exactly, besides, even as very healthy eaters, I don't see a problem with it as an occasional treat when well

Dinosaursgoboo Thu 20-Oct-16 04:10:19

Your DD is hopefully well on the mend now but we were given thos advice once by GP - to stop milk and give dioralyte. We found it impossible as she hated dioralyte and liked her milk so we gave milk in small doses. Better some liquid than none, we thought.

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