My 9 month old has a sickness bug, can't keep anything down. We co sleep and he often wakes/feeds back to sleep. What the he'll do I do tonight? If I carry on as normal we'll all be covered in vomit in the morning
Mass amounts of towels, agree! If you have a waterproof mattress protector this is where it comes into its own, too. Sleep in as little clothing as possible (you and him) - easier to wipe down skin than keep changing PJs, especially if he's sleepy and grumpy - and keeps it out of his hair as much as possible.
Don't attempt to catch sick in a bowl at this age. Towels again are your best bet. Just make sure you add a prewash to the wash cycle, to rinse off as much of the residue before the actual wash goes on. Wash at 60 or higher to kill any bugs, too. Hopefully he's not eating too much in the way of solids? If you're breastfeeding by the way, it's best to offer this as much as he wants it as it's the best thing to stop him becoming dehydrated. Even if he throws it straight up, he'll still be getting some goodness from it.
I have actually just made up beds on the living room floor out of blankets and towels and anything else layerable and washable before, just to minimise the effect on the bed. TBH though, I would say stay up as late as you can stand, I find once you get to about 2 or 3am, tiredness wins over sickness and they tend to sleep through then, even if they don't usually. Agree with the previous poster who says you often magically wake just in time as well!
If you don't have a machine washable duvet, use blankets for tonight. Cover pillows with towels as well as they can go funny in the wash.
Oh and it's worth having something to contain the soiled stuff - a laundry basket by the bed, and a plastic bag and roll of kitchen roll - use this to scrape the worst off if needed and then can go straight into the bag for the bin.
This sounds massively overkill and probably is but it really minimises effort for cleanup in the morning.
Thank u! I'm glad u mentioned bf bertie, gp said not to let him feed just give him water but he was getting upset and stressed so I gave in and let him feed-most did come back up tho. Very worried, only 1 wee all day.
Right were ready, towels all over top half of the bed and pillows, ds just in nappy & blanket (heating on), I'm in dressing gown. Small towels at the side of the bed and washing basket ready next to the bed. Wish us luck!
Hi pinkyp spoke to you on your other thread, glad you had a sick free night. Hope he is feeling better today.
Sounds as if the bug is moving through now so be prepared for a few more interesting nappies as it works its way out.
Now is the time to push the fluids into him as one wee in 24 hours is not a lot. Lots of breastfeeding plus you can offer watered down apple juice or weak fennel/peppermint tea with a little sugar added.
Give him today to get his fluids up, don't worry to much about food his gut needs to recover. If he seems hungry offer something really plain. Rice cooked in chicken stock is a good start and also fruit.
GP's always seem to advise just water or rehydration solution, I have always found breastmilk to be best, contains water, sugar, salts and immune boosting factors, just what your baby needs.
Thank u, got a bit of tummy ache myself so i'm thinking I might have a touch too. He's had 3 bf and some porridge so far. I'm thinking of just giving him some sticks of cooked carrots for tea (he loves carrot) rather than a ''meal". Going to make some fennel tea too again as he seemed to like it yesterday - although I think he was just desperate for a drink. He seems 'normal' today, I'm so relieved! Arggh I hate bleeding bugs!!
This link has signs of dehydration - worth keeping an eye on him.
If I was you I would strip both of you down for some skin to skin (if possible) and (clothed or not!) park yourselves in bed or on the sofa (whichever has TV!) The cuddles and skin to skin will encourage him to feed as much as possible which is really what you want. 3 breastfeeds is good, but I'd expect him to be feeding almost like a newborn really.
Advice I think isn't to withhold food specifically, but only to offer non-committally or leave it and see if he asks (this is the approach I always take).
I would go back to just offering breastmilk and fennel tea for the time being until projectile vomiting ceases.
Better get the towels set up for tonight again.
If you start vomiting you can still breastfeed, DD and I have had stomach bugs at the same time on more than one occasion. You just have to make sure that you really keep your fluids up particularly nutritious fluids i.e. fruit and vegetable juices, soups etc...
If you are struggling to keep extra fluids down ice cubes/lollies are good as they allow the fluid to go in slowly rather which doesn't upset the stomach so much. You can make your own with pureed fruit which will provide extra sugars and nutrients. Or you can make rehydration solution and freeze into ice lollies.
If your DS is really struggling to keep down any fluid you can try this too, along with syringing small amounts of water/rehydration fluid in.
Please familiarise yourself with the signs of dehydration Bertie linked to and call out of hours doctor or NHS direct if you are at all worried.
If you have no rehydration solution you can make your own see here.
The other useful thing to have in this event - if you don;t have a waterproof mattress cover is to get some of those mattress mats that you put on the bed when potty training - it will help soak up the spills and leaks and make it easier to clean up.