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HELP - ds won't drink anything!

(16 Posts)
midnightexpress Thu 05-Jul-07 11:13:42

Any help welcome. DS1 (20 mo) is on antibiotics for a respiratory chest infection and is refusing to drink anything. I've tried water, juice, rehydration drink, ice lollies, straws, his cups, my cup. I've also tried giving him blueberries (his fave fruit) but he won't take them either. He's off his food and has been a bit sick over the past few days (because of congested chest/coughing rather than tummy bug). I'm avoiding too much milk because it seems to make the congestion worse. Anyone got any suggestions? I'm out of ideas.

midnightexpress Thu 05-Jul-07 12:46:48

bump

cadelaide Thu 05-Jul-07 12:52:58

How long since he had a drink?
If all he will take is milk I'd say it's better than nothing, in the short term.

cadelaide Thu 05-Jul-07 12:53:32

Ice cubes?

cadelaide Thu 05-Jul-07 12:53:57

sponge in the bath?

fluffyanimal Thu 05-Jul-07 12:54:04

Can you squirt water into his mouth with a medicine dosing syringe?

TheDevilWearsPrimark Thu 05-Jul-07 12:57:37

Try these, but if it doesn't work take him to hospital. They can give him iv fluids.
Better than nothing, as traumatic as it would be.

midnightexpress Thu 05-Jul-07 15:38:51

thanks all. managed to get some water diown him at lunch gtime, but he's since thrown it up again, so think i'd better take him to the doc.

thanks for the advice.

cadelaide Thu 05-Jul-07 22:02:16

aah, poor chap. Hope he has a good night.

cadelaide Fri 06-Jul-07 07:05:47

How is he today Midnught?

midnightexpress Fri 06-Jul-07 08:54:37

thanks for asking - we're off to the doctor this morning. He's drinking tiny amounts but still v congested and appetite of sparrow. DS2 has also succombed so having a grand old time of it...

midnightexpress Fri 06-Jul-07 08:55:15

thanks for asking - we're off to the doctor this morning. He's drinking tiny amounts but still v congested and appetite of sparrow. DS2 has also succombed so having a grand old time of it...

midnightexpress Fri 06-Jul-07 08:55:31

succumbed?

TheDevilWearsPrimark Fri 06-Jul-07 18:29:33

Is he alright?

midnightexpress Fri 06-Jul-07 21:15:56

yes, thanks - panic over! He's still pretty full of gunk and groggy with the abs, but scarfed a bowl of pasta at dinner time, and drinking again so I reckon we're over the worst of it . Though ds2 (5mo) has now got the same nasty infection and sounds really chesty. And boy has he got a pair of lungs on him, so could be a good weekend. But hopefully as he's still bf we won't come up against the same problem at least.

Thanks for your concern, and advice.

cadelaide Fri 06-Jul-07 22:01:32

Good news about ds1 midnight, and best wishes for a good night (again!)

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