Vomiting and diarrhea are common signs of an acute viral illness.
Day 1: Clear liquids only
After 3 hours of no vomiting, you child may begin sipping clear fluids such as Sprite, gatorade, gingerale. Children less than 12 months, use Pedialyte. "Sipping" is equivalent to about a teaspoonful of liquid every 15 minutes. These small freqent sips are the key to controlling vomiting.
After several hours without vomiting, yo may give 1 or 2 crackers and increase the amount of clear liquid given.
Day 2: Clears and Bland Food
Continue with clear liquids and add some bland foods.
DO NOT GIVE
- No milk or dairy for 2 to 3 days. This includes yogurt, cheese, milk shakes, ice cream
- No fatty foods. This includes chicken nuggets, french fries, potato chips, hamburgers, pizza
- No spicy foods such as spaghetti and mexican food
- No sugary foods such as full strength juice or candy
Signs of Dehydration
- Not urinating 3 times in 24 hours
- Dry mouth, cracked lips
- No tears with crying
- Decreased activity
- Sunken soft spot on an infant
*IF YOU SEE BLOOD IN YOUR CHILD'S DIARRHEA, YOU SHOULD NOTIFY US.
**Do not give your child anti-diarrhea medicines like Kaopectate or Immodium!
It is better to let the diarrhea run its course to rid the body of the virus. Certain foods may help with diarrhea include bananas, plain cereal, applesauce, and toast. Do not give full strenth juice. Do not give fatty foods.
Probiotics may also be of help. These are supplements that help restore the good bacteria in the intestines so that it can heal. Examples of probiotics are Florastor Kids and BioGaia. These are available without a prescription. CVS Pharmacies usually stock them. Ask the pharmacist.