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My 2 and 4 yearold have the flu what can I do?
October 9, 2006
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MY 2 yearold as really bad diahrea and has been throwing up and my 4 yearold just has diahrea for now but who knows whats going to happen later. Before I knew that they were sick this morning I fixed oatmeal for breakfast and my 2 yearold threw that up. For lunch he had saltine crackers just because I dont know what his tummy can handle and I dont want to push it. Luckly he was fine with just crackers then my 4 yearold got sick so we are having chicken noodle soup for dinner tonight. We dont have any pedialite but we do have gatoride which they have been drinking. Im doing the best that I can. At this point they are not running fevers but I am keeping a close eye on it. We have done a lot of resting today Just siting around. I already canclled my plans for tonight. If anyone has any adivice on how to better take care of them please let me know. I feel so helpless when they are sick.

October 9, 2006
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HI RW, it sounds like you have all bases covered. Ginger ale always helped my boys tummies too...it still does..or so say their wives!! But if they throw up too much there is medicine the doctor can give them to make them stop. Also, what about pepto-bismol for your oldest for the diarrhea? not sure about for your youngest though. Good luck...and this too shall pass!

October 9, 2006
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They have both had childrens pepto but it hasnt seemed to help at all. If they are still sick tomarrow or if they start to run a high fever I am going to call the doctor

October 9, 2006
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Oh boy I feel for you. My son's had the stomach flu I think twice now, once when he was still just a little baby, and he's your son's age. I've lost count on how often my teen daughter's had it, but she got sick visiting me over the summer as well. It feels awful seeing your kids go through it, I know.

Benadryl stops nausea and vomiting, believe it or not. They used it on me in the ER when I got the same stomach flu my son had as a baby; I used it again when I got sick this summer and on my daughter and it really works. It also makes you drowsy just fyi. My son is two, I think he's between 30-35 pounds, and the dose I give him is 1 teaspoon of the liquid form every 4-6 hours.

Also get some Emetrol. It's a carbohydrate syrup and you can give it as often as every 15 minutes, totally harmless for most kids. You give them 1-2 teaspoons each time, make sure it's on an empty stomach so it's most effective. Most drug stores sell generic brands of both Benadryl and Emetrol and they work well.

My pediatrician's office said for diarrhea, do not give children any fruit or juice. It irritates their intestines further and makes them have the runs worse.

Go with the BRAT diet - Bananas, Rice, Applesauce and Toast. Bananas and rice are okay because they bulk up stools and apples have pectin, which soothes, but stay away from other fruit. Oh and also stay away from dairy as it also makes things worse. You might be able to try plain yogurt with cultures but go slow with it.

They also told us to serve fatty, salty foods. It slows down the digestive process and the salt helps dry things up some. So saltines, goldfish crackers, etc. are good.

They also said bacon is good if your children can keep it down because that is extra fatty and salty. I know it sounds totally the opposite of what you would want to try, but we've found that's one of the few things my son will even touch when he's sick as long as we cook it nice and crispy, and he does keep it down.

See if you can also find some acidophilus powder. It'll help restore the flora in the digestive system and make the diarrhea stop sooner. You can find it in health food stores, I think the powder they make for kids is called Babydophilus. You can mix it in with the Gatorade or Pedialyte, or even straight water. My son took it in water only and he didn't seem to mind the taste.

If your kids get rashes from the runs don't use wipes. Use a washcloth soaked in warm water with a little baking soda to neutralize the acid. You can also dust their bums with baking soda.

If your son is still in diapers and gets a bad rash I found the best ointment on God's green earth is Triple Paste. Expensive as all get out but it was the only thing that protected my son's skin and also got rid of a blistering rash he got from the runs.

Hope this helps. I'll pray for your little ones to get better real soon!

October 9, 2006
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If you don't have any medication - start with flat coca cola in small amount starting from one teaspoon every 15 minutes and increasing the amount gradually. If they cannot hold it - go back to smaller amount, but they should be OK. When they stop vomiting - BRAT is the best thing and you can feed them this diet for even 2-3 days, to be on safe side, then gradually introduce other food. Absolutely no milk and milk products. Stick to BRAT and they should be better after 1-2 days. Good luck.

October 9, 2006
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my 4 yearold still hasnt thrown up which is wonderful we had chicken noodle soup for dinner but my 2 yearold wont eat he wont even eat the crackers I have him. I just figure that his tummy is still upset so Im not going to push it. I will make sure that he drinks a little gaoraide before bed though just to keep him hydrated. My mother in law is barrowing our car tomarrow morning aparently my father in laws throat is almost swollen shut. So there is sickness throught this whole family. Please keep us in prayer

October 10, 2006
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Yikes. Definitely keeping your FIL in prayer...

Sounds like you've got a good plan with your 2 year old. Even if he just has a couple teaspoons every 15-30 minutes of the Gatorade it'll still help keep him hydrated without overwhelming his tummy.

October 10, 2006
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They both seem fine today. Now I am the one who is sick.

October 11, 2006
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Glad your kiddos are better... stinks to hear you're sick though. Ugh.

Take it easy, only a few more weeks and you'll have that sweet baby in your arms. Do you know what you're having?

October 11, 2006
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Poor RW. For what this worth, practically everyone in my little world is also sick with the flu.
My H skipped yoga class because of how "unstable" he felt -- afraid he'd have an embarassing moment! 🙂

Hang in there. Flat coca cola always helped us in the past. I wouldn't go in to a doctor unless the children were running a fever or showed signs of dehydration. It sounds like you're doing all the right things. Hope you feel better in the morning. Take some deep, long, healing breaths. RW, you are such a good mum. Take care of you, too.

October 12, 2006
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Just when we thought we were getting better my 4 yearold starts throwing up 3 times in less than 2 hours. He is running a low grade fever too.

October 13, 2006
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He is worse today. He is running a temp throwing up has diahrea and lastnight he complained of his ear hurting so I am taking him to the doc today at 4:20 I just have to figure out how to give my 2 yearold lunch and not my 4 yearold cause they told me not to feed him

October 13, 2006
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Yup, definately crackers and gingerale.

Also, ever hear of Airborne Jr? Works like a charm for my kids and the regular for myself.

Use it at first sign of symptoms or when they are going to be around a lot of people where they can catch something.

October 13, 2006
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Off to the doctors I will keep you all updated

October 13, 2006
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well they said that its just a viral thing so they gave him a perscription for an antinausea suppository. Wow that wasnt pleasnt. He was very good though It just wasnt easy. I explained what I was doing and why I had to do it. so in about an half an hour I am going to give him some tylonal to bring down his feaver which is about 101. I gave him 2 crackers and a little pedilite cause tylonal on a totaly empty stomach can make you sick in its self.

October 14, 2006
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He is a lot better today the fever is gone and he hasnt thrown up he does have diareaha but all in all hes a ton better

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