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How long should vomiting last for....

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stressedbeyond123 Tue 05-Dec-17 14:00:15

Hi,

My 7 year old DD has been poorly since Friday evening. she was complaining of a bad tummy, and about an hour later put the exorcist to shame with her projectile vomiting! she went to sleep, and was absolutely fine all night.

Saturday, she vomited about 4 or 5 times, but seemed ok in herself. Sunday the same, yesterday the same. Today, she is still vomiting.

She has been to the toilet only once since Friday, and has not eaten since then either. she has been having sips of water, little but often, but that's about it.

She has vomiting only, not the other end...no temperature or fever...

Dr said this morning we should just let it run its course, but the poor girl is like a wet dish rag, has no energy!

any ideas what i can give her to help boost her back up??

NeilPetark Tue 05-Dec-17 16:48:38

Try ice lollies and dioralyte which you can get from the pharmacy. Fluid little and often, make sure she’s weeing.

stressedbeyond123 Thu 07-Dec-17 13:40:52

Thanks Neil...

have tried that, no success. Still vomiting and we are now on Day 6!

she is drinking little and often - i would say since Friday she has wee'd 3 times. x

NeilPetark Thu 07-Dec-17 14:18:18

Does she look dry? As I would be concerned that she isn’t weeing. Are her lips dry? Is her skin still elastic if you pinch it (gently), what about inside her mouth and under her eyes? Any dryness or dark circles?

It will run its course but the important thing is whether she needs rehydrating in hospital. Have you tried a fluid challenge? 5mls every ten minutes. What colour is her wee?

DrRanjsRightEyebrow Thu 07-Dec-17 14:21:22

i took my DS (4) to GP. He's on day 4 of not keeping anything down. She said there's nothing he can do unless he gets reslly dehydrated, then it's to hospital on a drip. She said to look out for his tongue being dry, no tears when crying etc. They can't give anti-emetics to children.

DrRanjsRightEyebrow Thu 07-Dec-17 14:22:52

we are giving little sips of lucozade every 5 mins. He's vomiting about every 20 mins so is absorbing just enough thankfully.

Haudyerwheesht Thu 07-Dec-17 14:27:06

3wees in 6 days?? She needs seen urgently !

I'm confused though why she's so dehydrated? She doesn't have diorrheoa and isn't vomiting continuously.

Stylinson Thu 07-Dec-17 14:27:19

When my DD was ill like this the hospital recommended 5ml of strong Ribena syringed in every 5 minutes. Seems to work really well.

stressedbeyond123 Thu 07-Dec-17 14:34:49

Haudyerwheesht - she's not dehydrated, i have said she is drinking little and often, she just hasn't wee'd very much.
this was brought up with the doctor who didn't seem overly concerned about it.

Thank you Stylinson - i will try that for her
x

PonderLand Thu 07-Dec-17 14:36:45

I too think she needs to be seen if she's refusing liquids and isn't weeing.

Another thing to keep in mind (sorry!) - blood sugar, low blood sugar during a bug can start a viscous cycle so try giving her 5ml of sugared juice every 10 minutes.

SeaToSki Thu 07-Dec-17 14:39:01

Flat, room temp coke given in sips is amazing at stopping vomiting. No idea why!

PonderLand Thu 07-Dec-17 14:45:35

Sorry for x-post. When she has wee'd what colour was it?

furryelephant Thu 07-Dec-17 14:46:32

I’d get her seen again by a different doctor. I’d be really concerned with the lack of weeing and every doctor I’ve worked with on a children’s ward also would be! It doesn’t sound right to me at all.

stressedbeyond123 Thu 07-Dec-17 14:55:56

Hi Ponder, thank you - she isn't refusing liquids, she is drinking little and often...not huge amounts but every 5-10 minutes she is having sips of water.

the first time she wee'd it was very dark...i have been keeping an eye on it and it is starting to get lighter. not much wee is coming out, less than she normally does, but still quite a bit.

my biggest concern is the length of time the vomiting is going on for. she seemed so much better yesterday, ate a little food (dry toast/a couple of biscuits) and it stayed down fine. This morning, she had more dried toast and within 10 minutes it was decorating my bathroom floor.....

PonderLand Thu 07-Dec-17 15:08:32

It sounds horrific, my son had a vomiting bug when he was 9/10 months. It lasted 8 days, we did go to hospital due to concern about dehydration, he wasn't dehydrated but his blood sugars were extremely low.

Symptoms of low blood sugars are : hungry, sweaty, dizziness, headache, nausea, pale, irritable, tiredness. Plus many more! Symptoms aren't always obvious so It's really important to rule it out if vomiting persists. It can be very serious if left untreated.

stressedbeyond123 Thu 07-Dec-17 15:23:14

Your poor son Ponder - so horrible to see little ones ill.

i have made another appt with the doctor, and hopefully we can start getting things sorted for her. It seems they want her to get even more ill before they will do anything, instead of nipping it in the bud.

but there we are, i am not a medical professional and will take their advice.
Thank you everyone xx

PonderLand Thu 07-Dec-17 15:29:41

I know what you mean, mention to the doctor about lack of wee and also if she has any symptoms of low b/s. has her temperature being okay still? I hope s/he can give you a bit more advice at the appt!

hedlesschicken Thu 07-Dec-17 15:41:40

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vomiting-children-babies/

I'm not expert however this does seem excessive. My daughter has had a virus over the past week and vomited for around 12 hours.

111 are pretty good with children in my experience. Hey f she is still vomiting this evening id call them and they may tell you to take her to hosp

stressedbeyond123 Thu 07-Dec-17 15:42:01

that's the weird thing, she has no diarrhea/temperature/fever or anything like, literally just vomiting all the time. she has been sick about 4 times today now, poor thing.

xx

DrRanjsRightEyebrow Thu 07-Dec-17 17:23:42

my GP said it shouldn't last more than a week. We're on day 4 and he's just sleeping all the time. I've got some caffeine free coke in - they only had diet so I added a little sugar and will see if he will drink some when he wakes (my main worry is low blood sugar. He's only weeing once a day but doesn't seem badly dehydrated) About 10 sicks today so far! Can't help but feel anxious when they're all lethargic. He hasn't had any temp or fever and only one instance of diarrhea (no other poos at all as no food stayed down since Monday lunch)

Haudyerwheesht Thu 07-Dec-17 17:25:17

I really really think 3 wees in 6 days is serious

stressedbeyond123 Thu 07-Dec-17 17:31:48

I thought so to Haydyerwheesht - doctor thought otherwise!

Haudyerwheesht Thu 07-Dec-17 17:37:20

I would ignore them. Really.

Haudyerwheesht Thu 07-Dec-17 17:38:49

8 hours

PonderLand Thu 07-Dec-17 17:41:20

When is your appt op? Is she feeling any better? I'd ring 101 if she carries on into the evening. They can usually get you an OOH appt close by if they deem it necessary.

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