Wednesday, February 20, 2008

WFMW - getting fluid into a sick baby


Wendy has had her first stomach bug this week, and she's been pretty miserable. She wasn't eating, which isn't surprising, but she wasn't really drinking, either - and that's a BIG no-no with a high fever, vomiting, & diarrhea. I tried something I discovered when she was very little, and it still works!

When Wendy just won't drink her juice or Pedialyte or whatever, she will still take some from a syringe or a straw. I think it's the novelty of it. If I take a straw, put it in the drink, and put my finger over the end, it'll hold just enough to drip a bit into her mouth. She thinks it's fun, and it gets fluid into her a teaspoon or so at a time. A syringe works, too, but I have to be much more careful I don't squirt to quickly, or we end up with a coughing, sputtering baby.

Anyway, getting fluid into a sick baby, even if it's only a teaspoon at a time, works for me! Head over to Rocks in my Dryer for more tips!

5 comments:

Nichole said...

That's very clever! We used a medicine-cup pacifier when Piper was a baby.

Jeni said...

Yeah, that would probably work, too. I might try that if we have another baby - we're trying to wean Wendy from the Binky.

gigere said...

Thanks for the reassurance. It's exactly what I needed! :)

thediaperdiaries said...

We used to Pedialyte popsicles. Since my kids really don't get popsicles that often, they get really excited. Novelty is key!

Meg said...

Our pediatrician recommended the syringe trick. We also love the Pedialyte pops around here. I use them when they have colds, too, since cold things soothe so well and they're not just sugar-loaded, empty-calorie pops.