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Vomiting and drowsy

(8 Posts)
coveredinsnot Sat 08-Aug-09 08:02:02

Hi all,
My 17 month old son woke from a heavy night's sleep (unusual for him, as he wakes twice a night), coughed a few times then vomited. Got in to bed with me, refused the boob (I usually breastfeed him in the mornings) and then lolled about for a bit (very unusual as well). Then threw up again twice. after that, he seemed to be ok but looked pale, he got up for a bit, I tried to give him some rehydration solution but he refused it. He's back in bed now with my DH (who has been ill with a cough and general illness for two weeks now).

Since my DS has only thrown up once before (when we all got norovirus last xmas), I'm not really sure what to do, or whether I should be worried. I know that sounds nuts!

But - what do you do in this situation? Just let him sleep? Or try to force feed rehydration solution in to him? Check his temperature?

It's times like this that I really think I haven't got a bloody clue what I'm doing!

OhYouBadBadKitten Sat 08-Aug-09 08:35:09

I would leave him to sleep for now and just keep a general eye on him. If he seems hot check his temp. Because you are bfing him I would offer that instead of rehydration solution and lay off food til he is postively hungry then only offer a little bit of something plain.

Of course if your instincts feel that something isn't right then get him seen. Also, if you think that your dh has had flu then because your ds is little I'd talk to the flu line (or the gp, been away for a couple of weeks and not sure of guidelines) Hope he gets better soon (and your dh too)

OhYouBadBadKitten Sat 08-Aug-09 08:38:58

ok, just checked. If he has a temp and other symptoms that suggest it might be flu then as long as he doesn't have underlying health conditions then, if you think you may want tamiflu for him either go on to the nhs flu page or phone the flu line.

But, remember, there are still the usual tummy bugs and other kiddie bugs circulating.

coveredinsnot Sat 08-Aug-09 08:42:19

No other symptoms at all, he had the runs for about 10 days, but went back to normal about 3 days ago, so that's passed. Will just keep an eye on him for now, thanks!!! Reassuring messages.

Not sure if DH has had flu or not, since he's been working throughout the illness (he's a freelancer, so has had little choice) but as he said, if it was proper flu he wouldn't have been able to work at all. He is wiped out though.

Supposed to have a cleaner coming around this morning to do a one-off clean, shall I cancel?!

OhYouBadBadKitten Sat 08-Aug-09 08:45:23

I think I'd cancel probably as its the last thing you'd want to be dealing with and she might not be very happy if he is still tummybug ish. Can you rearrange for soon? It sounds like a fab idea to get on top of things.

Hollyoaks Sat 08-Aug-09 09:06:59

Keeping him hydrated is the best course of action. If he continues to refuse liquids get him checked out. If there is no diarrhoea associated with the vomiting then he may have a water infection so get his urine checked as well. You can also give him baby paracetamol and baby ibuprofen for his temp.

HTH - its awful but he'll be fine in a few days smile

coveredinsnot Sat 08-Aug-09 13:46:58

Thanks for your replies. He has squits now too, but seems absolutely fine. Won't eat much, but has had a bit to drink and breastfed a little (thank god, though I was going to burst!). Just keeping him indoors till the sun cools a little, then might take him out, as he seems quite energetic.

puffylovett Mon 10-Aug-09 09:51:33

Coveredinsnot you should change your name to coveredinvomit grin

We had the same bug, started saturday night and was sick most of the day yesterday. He's all right today though. I tend to just let him ride these things out, make sure he gets plenty to drink and cuddle up on the sofa with him for the day. I really don't think it was swine flu, though the NHS helpline would tell me it was !

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