Need some feedback (child vomit ment.)

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AnnaRO's picture
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Need some feedback (child vomit ment.)

Lyla has been vomiting all evening. She was very fussy and cranky earlier and she refused to eat anything at dinner. After dinner she vomited all over DH's leg and the surrounding area. It was an amazing volume of vomit too. The part that concerned us both immediately was that her vomit included every single item of food she's ingested all day, intact. I mean that her breakfast was undigested when she vomited it up at 7pm. Is that normal? The smell was horrendous and Dh couldn't take it so he offered to get her bathed while I dealt with the mess (took an hour to clean up). Then after all that was said and done I gave her some milk thinking she had to be hungry. She vomited that up plus some about 15 minutes later. So we decided no more milk and gave her some Pedialyte to keep her hydrated instead. She vomited that up. She has no fever and acts fine, right up until she is about to vomit, then she gets still and vomits.

She has been asleep for about 30 minutes now. If she hadn't gone to sleep, I would have insisted on taking her to urgent care, but DH doesn't think it's worth it for just vomiting. My stance is that she is holding NOTHING down. At this point we've agreed to take turns checking on her throughout the night.

What is your take on this? Am I overreacting? And why do these things always happen on a Friday night when regular doctors don't work!?

ange84's picture
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Oh Anna, thats a terrible situation. I would try and get her in to the doctor tomorrow if she is still going but right now keep her hydrated. Ronin had something like that a few months back, but he also had high fevers at the end. He threw up all over me in the supermarket and it was rank.

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Is she still peeing? Wet mouth? Crying with tears? If so, shes not dehydrated yet so I think it would be ok to wait it out overnight and see how she is in the am. When Simon was sick at around 8 months, he barely ate/drank anything for a few days! Hiss peeing was waaaaay down, but he still had a wet mouth/drooly, and tears with crying so the ER thought it was ok. He would only take little wee spits of expressed bm.
So I think that giving her small frequent amounts would be better than a whole bunch. She's more likely to keep it down. and as long as she's still peeing and stuff, no fever, and acting fairly normal, you could wait it out for a bit. obviously if it continues she needs to be seen.

I know when my stomach is upset most stuff seems to be undigested. Plus Im sure toddlers dont chew nearly as well since they have less teeth so it takes even longer to digest since the food doesnt get the grinding action from molars.

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Well, since I spent a good 4 months of 2010 vomiting 3-4 times per day I know a thing or two about vomit. It really depends on the food item as to whether or not its going to come back up intact. Kids also don't chew as effectively as adults do so they're more likely to make it down in larger chunks. Teagan still poops out things that look pretty similar to the way they went in! So, I wouldn't be worried about that. Vomit is gross and awful but its not a reason to rush to urgent care unless she's showing other serious signs of illness (blood in the vomit, severe lethargy, or a very sunken soft spot). Just try to keep her hydrated. Its probably the nasty stomach bug that's going around. Hope she feels better soon!

Oh, and shame on DH for leaving his preggo wife to clean up vomit!!

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Poor Lyla! It might be some sort of stomach virus that needs to run it's course if there's nothing else going on at all as far as you can tell. I'm try more pedialyte when she wakes and see how she does. If she not doing better by lunch I'd take her in just because she's so small (I'd give an adult longer) and might be rather dehydrated by then. I wouldn't fret about the food not being broken down just yet. Her stomach acid might be affected by whatever is going on with her. Sometimes with toddlers throwing up is a sign of something else going on not stomach related, so just watch her and trust your mommy instinct. I know it's sooooo hard not to worry, but with luck sleep will help her fight off whatever is going on. :bigarmhug:

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I would say that if she continues to vomit during the night, and or in the morning after breakfast you should take her in. They probably can give her some meds to help her not to vomit..The ER will probably do the same thing, give her meds and then wont let you take her homw until she can keep it down. They probably wouldnt do an IV unless she was severly dehydrated.

AnnaRO's picture
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Thanks ladies. I know you are right. It's just the worst feeling in the world thinking that my baby is sick. She woke up a few minutes ago, but just sat up in her crib and coughed a bit and went back to sleep. She's in the exact spot I left her in when I put her down and that is extremely unusual. Hopefully I'll be able to sleep some tonight and she feels better tomorrow. I think we'll just try smaller amounts of food throughout the day and see what stays down.

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poor Lyla Sad I would maybe see how she is tomorrow and then bring her in if she does ok through the night.

You could try giving her freezies?

momW's picture
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Honestly, I wouldn't give her any food unless she asks for it tomorrow. We went through this stupid bug the week before Christmas. And no, I don't think it's weird that she puked up her breakfast. Let her vomit it all out and if she does get a fever I wouldn't jump to the tylenol too quickly. Good luck hon, I'm so sorry, it's so miserable to be in that spot. Get her some probiotics tomorrow and when you get her to finally eat, mix that in with it. And yes, the vomit from this bug STINKS!!!! I've heard that from every single person who's house it's gone through.

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How's she doing? Better? Vomiting babies are the worst Sad

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"BuckeyeK" wrote:

How's she doing? Better? Vomiting babies are the worst Sad

She's better. She wasn't feeling well yesterday, but she didn't vomit all day. She didn't pee until 6pm yesterday, but had started acting more like herself by evening. She was clingy and whiney the rest of the day though. Then she vomited again this morning so we missed church and she hasn't vomited again today, but she's been super cranky.

I don't know what the deal is. She's even more picky than usual with her eating (which is saying something!) and she so cranky I just want to run away screaming half the time. She has no fever and has moments where she acts normal and then all of a sudden it's crying, whining, drama queen central.

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Simon has been acting the same way today! Acting normal followed by bouts of whiney/cranky. And he barfed at dinner and before bed. No fever either. Weird. I'd say they have the same bug but we live so far apart!

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Mona, I'd say it's the same bug going around EVERYwhere right now. It really seems to be spreading like wildfire. It took me, DH and DD1 a day or so to get over that bug but it took the LO's almost a week to get over it. I've heard the same from almost everyone I've talked to who's kiddos have had it. A friend of mine that lives here but is originally from Canada said after they visited from the states over Christmas her family up there must have caught it from them and now it's making it's way through up there as well.

Good luck guys, it sucks but there is an end!!

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I'm glad she's feeling better. You guys are making me want to keep Teagan home from daycare and just stay home until this thing blows over. We FINALLY got rid of the cold that's been infesting our house all month.

ange84's picture
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We even have an aful bug making the rounds here, so it seems even with a huge distance between no one is immune. I'm just hoping we don't get it.