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Thread: A night in the ER, very sick baby, need your thoughts please

  1. #11
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    Default Re: A night in the ER, very sick baby, need your thoughts please

    Hi Mommyto3,
    You must be so worried! It is not easy to watch our little ones get sick!
    The kellymom link that Jolie posted lists the signs to watch for dehydration:

    # fewer than 2 wet diapers in a 24-hour period
    # baby not behaving normally (more irritable, less active, sleeping more)
    # lethargy
    # listlessness
    # weak cry
    # no tears (in an infant older than 3 months)
    # dry mouth
    # skin that stays wrinkly-looking when pinched (pull up the skin on the front of the hand; it should pop easily back into place - not stay pinched or wrinkly-looking)
    # eyes that look sunken
    # cool, clammy extremities, especially the fingers and toes
    # fast breathing, or a heart that is beating faster than usual
    # fever

    Also, if you scroll up from that link (or go here) there is information with some ideas about when a baby refuses to nurse while sick.
    * feed baby expressed milk from a cup, dropper, spoon or syringe
    * try momsicles, or freeze your milk until it's slushy and let baby eat it with a spoon
    * for older babies (over six months) who are eating solids: if baby will take solids but not nurse, add lots of breastmilk to the solids.

    No matter what the cause, when they refuse to nurse, it is upsetting for everyone. The baby may be difficult to calm and unhappy. You might feel frustrated and upset and worry that your baby is rejecting you.

    While you are trying to persuade your baby back to the breast, you'll want to make sure that you keep yourself comfortable. Ideally, you would pump about as often as your baby had been nursing, if she is indeed not taking the breast at all for several days.

    Try to keep in mind, this could all be over in a day or two. Take it one hour at a time.

    The following time tested suggestions have helped many mothers overcome a nursing strike:

    * Try nursing when the baby is asleep or very sleepy.
    * Vary nursing positions.
    * Nurse when in motion.
    * Give the baby extra attention and skin to skin contact.
    * Hold the baby in a sling or baby carrier between attempts to nurse.
    * Take a bath together.
    * Sleep together, giving baby easy access to the breast while sleeping.

    Please keep us posted, OK?

    Mary

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    Default Re: A night in the ER, very sick baby, need your thoughts please

    how is yr lo? hope she is better.....
    Mom to Wayne since 02.24.2007
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    Default Re: A night in the ER, very sick baby, need your thoughts please

    She started throwing up again last night. She was inconsolable and exhausted as was I. Dh finally made me go to sleep, I was distraught. she would not nurse and was thrashing around, not being soothed by anything I tried.

    She nursed for 5 minutes this morning. We will see how she does, she is showing some of those signs of dehydration. If she does not nurse well or take other fluids, I think we will go back to children's hospital or her ped.

    Thanks for all the support and information.
    http://thesfamilychronicles.blogspot.com

    "At the heart of motherhood is the kind of satisfaction unequalled in any other profession on earth."
    -Tina Neidlein


    Isaac- 1/1/01 Nursed only 4 months, had no idea what I was doing.
    Nathan- 4/28/03 preemie, 1 month NICU stay and still managed exclusive nursing for 6 months, better.
    Anna- 4/15/06 Self weaned just after turning 3.
    Baby girl due May 14th

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    Default Re: A night in the ER, very sick baby, need your thoughts please

    My DD has had this before. My pediatrician says to continue offering the breasts. Usually the vomitting stops and the diarrhea continues. the "bug" makes it's way through her system.

    You might also try freeze pops, there are healthy ones now that are made with real fruit vs. the colored sugar water. They are a cool and tasty way to get some fluid in her if she is refusing the breast.

    I hope she gets this out of her system soon.

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    Default Re: A night in the ER, very sick baby, need your thoughts please

    so far so good, she has been nursing today. I am So relieved. It will not be as hot either, so that should help.
    http://thesfamilychronicles.blogspot.com

    "At the heart of motherhood is the kind of satisfaction unequalled in any other profession on earth."
    -Tina Neidlein


    Isaac- 1/1/01 Nursed only 4 months, had no idea what I was doing.
    Nathan- 4/28/03 preemie, 1 month NICU stay and still managed exclusive nursing for 6 months, better.
    Anna- 4/15/06 Self weaned just after turning 3.
    Baby girl due May 14th

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    Default Re: A night in the ER, very sick baby, need your thoughts please

    That's great news!
    Mary

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    Just Checking How Ur Lo's Feeling

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    Default Re: A night in the ER, very sick baby, need your thoughts please

    MUCH better, thank you so much for asking. No more throwing up, not more pure water poop, etc. She is even eating her solids again, though less than she used to. I am sure it will taker her a while to get back to her old self. Thanks so much for all the support and info.
    http://thesfamilychronicles.blogspot.com

    "At the heart of motherhood is the kind of satisfaction unequalled in any other profession on earth."
    -Tina Neidlein


    Isaac- 1/1/01 Nursed only 4 months, had no idea what I was doing.
    Nathan- 4/28/03 preemie, 1 month NICU stay and still managed exclusive nursing for 6 months, better.
    Anna- 4/15/06 Self weaned just after turning 3.
    Baby girl due May 14th

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    Default Re: A night in the ER, very sick baby, need your thoughts please

    I'm so glad she's ok!

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