My baby is sick-any ideas?

United States
June 20, 2008 9:31am CST
I have a 17-month-old child who has been sick for the past 7 days with alternating diarrhea and vomiting. The days that he is vomiting, the diarrhea slows down and the days that his diarrhea is extreme, he's not vomiting. I've had him at the doctor twice: once because he was getting dehydrated and the second because-well it's been a long time for this to be going on and I was having trouble getting him to keep down Pedialyte. Anyway, they keep examining him and telling me it is just an extended flu and to keep trying to keep fluids down. He's losing weight and hasn't really eaten anything in 7 days. Has anyone experienced anything like this? Does anyone have any suggestions that I can bring up to the doctor?
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5 responses
@andyvish (901)
• India
20 Jun 08
I think, you need to consult a new more experienced doc. Mainly because diarrhea never stays for more than three days with proper medication and of course, vomiting should stop just after two doses of medicine. Please consult another specialist without wasting time for the welfare of your child. Thank you.
• United States
20 Jun 08
I've already made an appointment with another doctor this afternoon, it's just the waiting game and I wanted to see if anyone had any suggestions that I might bring up. Thanks for the input!
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
20 Jun 08
It sounds to me like he could have Rotavirus. Rotavirus is one of the most common causes of diarrhea, and severe infection (rotavirus gastroenteritis) is the leading cause of severe, dehydrating diarrhea in infants and young children. http://kidshealth.org/parent/infections/stomach/rotavirus.html
• United States
20 Jun 08
I checked the Rotavirus, but he has never had a fever. I have an appointment with another doctor, so I will definitely bring it up! Thanks!
@rsa101 (16089)
• Quezon City, Philippines
30 Jun 08
Does it have fever with it? If it does I guess you better have him admitted at the hospital for rehydration and further observation by your doctor and nurses can really make monitoring much comprehensive. Its just a little bit expensive having your child hospitalized.
21 Jun 08
My daughter was like that when she was a few weeks old. The midwife said she may have a upset stomach ........ which she did but i got advised to try to get her to keep abit of milk and give her lots of cooled down boiled water as a drink because that will feed her slightly and its enough to help her get better and feed her abit too. I didn't understand why it would feed her, but it certainly helped her get over the upset stomach. She lost alot of weight and wasn't keeping her milk down, but after about 2 weeks she was completely better and put all the weight back on including some extra. ~Joeys wife
@baileycows (3669)
• United States
20 Jun 08
Sounds to me like you need to get a second opinion and have some more test run. If he is losing weight and can't keep down pedialyte I would be worried something else was going on. I hope everything goes well. It is very difficult when a child is sick.