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Elyse
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I posted a few days ago about my son having green stools. Well, we went to the doctor on monday to find out that he is dehydrated and he has Rotavirus. He eats a lot and he's gaining weight (he is 15.4lbs as of monday), but I guess now he's either puking or pooping out everything he eats.

I've been feeding him about every half hour now and I'm giving him some Pedialyte through a dropper (he refuses to take a bottle). My doctor instructed me to give him Pedialyte, but for some reason I don't like it. So I was wondering if this seems normal?

Also, has anyone else ever had this happen to their child? And, if so, how long did it last?

I'm hoping he'll get better soon or else we will have to take him to the hospital and put him on an IV. =[

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Pedialyte is gross! Have you tried it? How old is your baby. For not so tiny babies you can give watered down juice for electrolytes..

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He's only going to be 3 months on the 26th. That's why I'm so iffy about giving him Pedialyte.

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adcaela wrote:
Pedialyte is gross! Have you tried it? How old is your baby. For not so tiny babies you can give watered down juice for electrolytes..

I second with the watered down juice...

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So i've been reading alot of websites trying to find out more.

It seems all of the websites recommend some kind of oral rehydration solution. I would look into brands other than pedialyte.

I think your kiddo is too young for the juice thing and would probably do all right with just nursing, as long as you keep an eye out for dehydration/listlessness...

It's funny, Cae went through something like this in Mexico, so I keep thinking through the instructions/things to look out for in Spanish and having to translate.

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Don't use pedialyte. Just nurse nurse nurse. Your baby will stay hydrated if you nurse. Offer often. Pedialyte has little nutritional value and exclusive breastfeeding allows you to pass antibodies, which will help him get better more quickly.

Sorry that he's still sick.

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Thank you for the replies. I think I'm just going to continue nursing him a lot because I don't like the idea of him being so young and getting other supplementation unless he's needs it. Now I won't feel like I'm neglegting him by not giving Pedialyte, so thanks for making me feel better. He is acting a lot better already and he didn't want the pedialyte anyway.

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There is a product called smart water. It is distilled water with electrolytes added to it. You might want to try that instead of pedialyte.

Of course, at that age, I agree you should just nurse, nurse, nurse! Don't expect to get up off the couch for a while, lol.

Hope he starts feeling better soon.

And make sure YOU are drinking plenty of water.

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I have known a few people whose children have had the rotavirus. It's actually more serious then I thought it was, they have even started giving out immunizations for it here!

Im sorry hes feeling so crappy. But I agree lots of water for you will only help keep him hydrated...