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Help, my daughter is ill and is refusing to eat, drink or take her medication.

(20 Posts)
mummyloveslucy Mon 21-Sep-09 20:20:26

Hi, my daughter has a viral infection in her mouth. It's extreamly painful for her. She's on anti viral medicine, calpol and calprofen. She also has a spray for her mouth.
The problem is she's not eating or drinking. She's only had a few sips today and screams after every sip. She says she's hungary, but can't eat anything without being in pain.
I've tried jellie, ice cream, custard and yogart. She has one mouthful then cries and won't eat any more.
It's also extramly hard to get her medicine down her. She'll take the calpol but dosn't like the other two. The calpol on it's own isn't enough to take the pain away. sad
I'd be really greatful for any advice as to how to get fluids down her and also her medicine. (I've tried a syringe, but she spat it out).

ConsiderTheArmchair Mon 21-Sep-09 20:22:06

Have you tried ice lollies?
Hope she recovers soon, sounds painful.

mummyloveslucy Mon 21-Sep-09 20:24:20

Thank you, She dosn't like ice lollies. She likes ice cream but won't eat it now.

QueenOfFuckingEverything Mon 21-Sep-09 20:24:37

Ice lollies are a good idea.

Would you consider asking the pharmacist if they could give you her medication in suppository form?

Doodlez Mon 21-Sep-09 20:24:39

No fluids - GP straight away.

She'll cope without food but under no circumstances should you let her go with no fuids.

Ice-pops good in situation like this.

QueenOfFuckingEverything Mon 21-Sep-09 20:25:57

Oh ok ice lollies no good. How about a straw so the liquid doesn't touch her mouth so much, or even a baby bottle?

mummyloveslucy Mon 21-Sep-09 20:28:16

I phoned the GP earlier and told him she wasn't drinking and that she hadn't had a wee all day. He said to leave it another 12 hours and if she dosn't have a wet nappy in the morning to come in.
She's four and a half btw.

mummyloveslucy Mon 21-Sep-09 20:30:50

She might go for a baby bottle actually, she has a thing about being a baby at the moment.hmm I will definatly try that.
We use straws already.

morningpaper Mon 21-Sep-09 20:36:28

No wee all day - TBH I would take her into A&E and get THEM to decide NOW. The paeds can see if she is properly dehydratd and if so, IV fluids and antibiotics. I wouldn't waste time. Ring NHS Direct - they will make sure you are seen.

LIZS Mon 21-Sep-09 20:38:55

Second MP - no wee all day is not good esp since she won't take the medicine, personally would n't like to leave it overnight tbh and I'm normally pretty gung-ho .

QueenOfFuckingEverything Mon 21-Sep-09 20:41:24

If she hasn't had a wee in over 12 hours then yep, A&E is probably in order. Am shock that the GP said to leave it overnight tbh.

mummyloveslucy Mon 21-Sep-09 20:54:37

I was a bit shock as well. He said to be firm with her and try everything to get her to drink. He sugested ice cream, lollies etc. I told him I tried but he said that they only really worry after 24 hours. hmm

mummyloveslucy Mon 21-Sep-09 20:59:14

I got her to have 2 syringe fulls earlier by playing doctors.
I squirted it in and she swallowed the first one but tried to spit out the second but I managed to bribe her with something.

QueenOfFuckingEverything Mon 21-Sep-09 21:00:44

It says here that not weeing for 12 hours is a sign of dehydration.

I think he is being a bit silly tbh, you can't force an unwell child in severe pain to drink - honestly I think you should call NHS Direct with a view to going to A&E.

morningpaper Mon 21-Sep-09 21:22:10

I agree - mine have been admitted before for IV fluids and while it sounds AWFUL they improve SO QUICKLY once they are hydrated. TBH once the line has been in, I've completely relaxed blush

I really wouldn't leave it any longer, she sounds very ill. You just need the to properly assess her at the hospital IMO.

mummyloveslucy Tue 22-Sep-09 10:45:27

Thanks everyone, she had a slightly wet nappy this morning. She hasn't drank anything all morning though. My husband is going to nip out of work to buy some milk shake. I doubt it'll work but we've tried everything else.
I will phone NHS direct if she still won't drink.

kreecherlivesupstairs Tue 22-Sep-09 12:59:09

can you see if there is any sort of local anaesthetic she can swill round her mouth before she tries to eat. I don't know if such a thing is available for general mouth freezing, dd had some sort of throat anaesthetic afer tonisilitis I remember.

sarah293 Tue 22-Sep-09 13:13:09

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mummyloveslucy Tue 22-Sep-09 17:25:43

She's finally had 2 small mugs of cold tea with sugar in it.
What a relief!! smile I'll try to get as much of that down her as possible.
She had it at 3:30pm and at 5pm. She still hasn't wee'd but at least she's drinking.

ConsiderTheArmchair Tue 22-Sep-09 19:13:18

That's a relief for you! hope she is on the road to recovery.

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