As the title indicates, it’s been a messy week at Chez Hansen. I know…Ewwwww!! But for a parent whose baby hardly even spit up, this week has felt like serious stuff.
I had to go digging for facts about infant and toddler vomiting.
My first resources were other parents – my brother, the neighbors and some of the readers here at More Cowbell. The pediatrician provided a small amount of mental relief, but then…
The pharmacist scared the crap out of me with this conversation:
Me: Do you have anything for vomiting and nausea that a 2 year-old can take?
Pharmacist: We should have something right over here… *walks from behind the counter over to the aisle*
I’m thinking he’s my hero for taking the time to look for the medicine. But then…
Him: Did your child fall? Because if so, this won’t work. You need to take him to the ER.
Me: No, we think she ate something that didn’t agree with her.
Him: Are you sure? Because sometimes the schools don’t tell you.
Me: No, our school would tell us. It’s in the contract that they call right away.
Him: *waving that away* But they don’t. Check your child’s head for lumps when you get home. And make sure her eyes can track. Go to the ER if they don’t.
I’ll admit it. My heart rate sped right up.
Was it nice of Mr. CVS pharmacist to be thorough? Yes.
Did he scare the bejeezus out of me? Yes. (Hubby said I sounded like Psycho-Mommy on the phone.)
Did I rush home and make my husband crazy checking Baby Girl’s head for lumps? YES.
Finally, in desperation, I went to WebMD and read a post on “Vomiting, Age 3 and Younger.”
Below are the facts that stood out to me from the WebMD post:
- Most of the time vomiting is not serious. (Whew…) Home treatment will often ease your child’s discomfort.
- Vomiting in a baby should not be confused with spitting up. Vomiting is forceful and repeated. Spitting up may seem forceful but it usually occurs shortly after feeding, is effortless, and causes no discomfort.
- Top reasons for spitting up: Overfeeding, not burping your baby after feeding, intolerance to milk or formula, and exposure to tobacco smoke. (I had no idea!)
- Most vomiting in children is caused by a viral stomach illness. You may also see other symptoms such as diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. Home treatment usually stops the hurlage within 12 hours. (Ours hasn’t, which means we’re going back to the pediatrician.)
- Vomiting can also be caused by an infection in another part of the body, such as strep throat, pneumonia, and urinary tract infections. (UTI’s? Really??)
Web MD suggests this Home Treatment, which they divided by age group (great link).
The thing that keeps my hubby and I on edge is that we’ll have 12 hours at a time with no hurlage and we’ll think we’re in the clear. Then, Baby Girl lets out a hork of major proportion with no rhyme or reason to it.
We’ve taken to wearing bath sheets like burkas and covering the furniture just in case.
The pediatrician recommended:
- The BRAT diet – Bananas, rice, applesauce and toast
- Adding probiotics to her diet for the next few weeks – we’re using Culturelle for Kids.
- We’ve taken her back to formula made with Pedialyte, because she’ll drink it. (All milk products have produced hurlage, especially soy milk.)
- 2 mg Zofran every 8 hours (we’ve been less diligent about this than we should be)
Recommendations from my posse:
- My brother recommends Lomotil or Compazine, which we’re going to stock up on.
- Huge thanks to K.B. Owen who explained what to look for in terms of dehydration in last Saturday’s post when this all started. Plus she called me and followed up. I’m going to the pediatrician tomorrow and making them test for strep.
- Finally, my WANA pal, August McLaughlin, wrote this post on kids’ anti-nausea meds.
Note: Babies and children younger than 1 year old need special attention if they continue to vomit. They can quickly become dehydrated. It is important to replace lost fluids when your child is vomiting. Watch your child carefully, and pay close attention to the amount of fluid he or she is able to drink.
Early symptoms of dehydration:
- The mouth and eyes may be drier than usual.
- The urine may be darker than usual. Certainly, it will be less plentiful.
- Your baby may feel cranky, tired, or dizzy. (Ours staggered around like a wino.)
I’ll be sure to update y’all in the comments about what happens with the pediatrician tomorrow! THANK YOU for all your recommendations and advice via social media.
Have you had to deal with hurlage of Olympic proportions? Do you have any tricks to share? What was the trickiest part of dealing with your kids when they’re sick? (Fur-babies count too!)
Wow, you guys have been having a wild ride. Hang in there; I hope this doctor visit does the trick! You WILL let us know, right? 🙂
Nothing more frustrating that a sick infant. They can’t tell us where/how it hurts or feels bad and the guessing game drives you nuts! Here’s to some good info and treatment soon and Baby Girl feeling better.
Sorry to hear about Baby Girl! Tech Support was not a big hurler either. Like ever. And he always made the toilet. Except that one time he didn’t. And he’d had something red for dessert. Omigosh. Omigosh! Never been more happy to have had a spouse.
We had to replace the carpet.
Which was a plus, but you didn’t hear that from me!
Thank you for these really useful tips and information, Jenny. And hang in there. I really hope Baby Girl will get better soon.
Big hugs on the little one! Scary stuff! One of mine got a bug when she was three months old! Took ten years off my life. And she wouldn’t nurse anymore. Had to turn to my pioneer grandma for a cure for that. =8-0 One thing that can happen, is that a tummy will get turned onto auto-hurl after something like that. Hope the doc provides help and insight! And yes, please keep us updated!
For mine it was typically related to food sensitivities. Or it was an emotional reaction. Mike especially had “gut reactions” to mommy being away, etc. I would not give cows milk to kids… EVER. Maybe she could be sensitive to wheat too? Sending love over the cyber-sphere.
Take her to a pediatric chiropractor if your chiro doesn’t adjust kids often. The nerves to the stomach exit the spine around the T6 level (it is located between her scapulae). See if it is tender there or she flinches when pressure is applied. She could have a mild subluxation contributing to her nausea. Also, if C1 is subluxated laterally it can cause dizziness, headaches, fatigue and nausea. Little kids get adjusted with an activator and they respond quickly. There is no placebo effect, either it worked or it didn’t.
Must be terrifying when your wee one’s sick. I have a feeling all will turn out well, Jenny. Sending lots of love and thoughts! Please keep us posted.
Hope the child feels better. I’ve got no kids, but back in the service got hold of some bad fish. Major hurling. The medic gave me a shot of Compazine and everything was nice. I swear by the stuff.
Glad you got her to the doc, and it isn’t serious! Sounds like you’re nearly at the end of this ordeal, Jenny! 🙂
Thanks for sharing what you’ve learned! We had one BIG-TIME spitter-upper, but it wasn’t vomiting. Although the other one vomited EVERY SINGLE TIME we tried to give him milk (my dietician friend finally noted that he likely had a cow’s milk protein allergy). Anyway…a friend of mine had such horrible hurling issues with her kid that when the girl was little, they bought a baby pool, put it in the living room, and made that her play area. Clean-up was a breeze!
I hope Baby Girl is MUCH better soon. I know this also increases the laundry piles to Jack’s-beanstalk height. Hope your family is back to normal soon. (And your sweet daughter would look beautiful with gold around her neck!)
Poor Baby Girl … and her parents! Our grandson, The Adorable Jack, would have given her a run for her money in a hurling competition last year when he was three. We were all targets for a couple of months and then it suddenly stopped. Pedialyte seemed to help and at least replaced some of the lost electrolytes. It’s not terribly tasty but he did drink it and it doesn’t have the sugar that Gatorade does. In between horks, he seemed quite fine … while we did laundry and helped our dry cleaner save towards his kids’ college fund. Fingers crossed all will be well soon.
I’m going to get to all your comments tomorrow, but thanks so much to ALL of you for your support! Baby Girl did NOT hurl today!! It was the first time in more than a week that we didn’t see her act like Exorcist Baby. 🙂
She appears to be on the mend, though we’re keeping her pretty quiet this weekend. Best of all the doc this morning did a RapidStrep culture and she doesn’t have it. WOOT!!!
That’s great news about Baby Girl not having Strep. Whatever this icky bug is, I hope it’s gone for good and she can get back to being her non-hurling self. It’s so tough on mom and dad to see their baby sick, I hope you and Hubs are taking care of each other through this. It won’t do for the two of you to get sick ~ again.
Sending huge good vibes to all three of you! Feel better, rest well, take lots of fluids (shots of whiskey might help). 😉
I’m about to open a bottle of wine with our dinner. 🙂
I’m so glad she didn’t have Strep – that’s rough, especially when they’re young. Thinking of you guys – nothing worse than a sick kid, and vomiting is scary. Keep her hydrated and try to rest. XO
Thanks, Stacy! Nothing like a sickly kid to bring life to a screeching halt. 🙂
Baby Girl is clearly on the mend! No hurlage for the second day in a row and she did great at church this morning (we just kept her on our laps). She is going back to school tomorrow!!! Woo-hoo. 🙂
Yay!!! Good news!!!!!
Oh my, you guys have been through quite an ordeal. I’m so glad to hear Baby Girl is on the mend. That’s the part of parenthood I was never prepared for, when they’re sick or hurt. Takes years off our lives from worrying. And exhaustion.
That’s interesting about dehydration affecting Baby Girl and making her dizzy. My grandbaby has been cranky and not feeling up to par the past few days. And he keeps falling down like a wino, just like you said. I thought maybe he had an inner ear infection that’s making him dizzy, but the dehydration is something we need to check on. Gosh, I wish I’d read this post sooner.
I also was wondering if it might be an allergic reaction to something. Glad it’s not strep. Sheesh, it’s like trying to put a puzzle together, isn’t it? Going to your next post to see how she’s doing now. I hope things are getting back to normal now.
Oh, wait, I shouldn’t have said that. I was always saying that the whole time we raised our kids. Then one day it dawned on me that things never really get ‘back to normal.’ There’s always something, isn’t there?
Ohhhh poor baby girl!!!
I’m sending prayers that she gets better soon! Keep us posted. xoxox