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Child vomiting, tired, thirsty, diarrhea. What should I do? Given Pedialyte

My son has been throwing up the pass two day he can't keep anything down and he is very tired and extreme thirst. He Also has had watery diarrhea for almost a week but now it's a light yellow almost white clay like poop but still watery. I can't tell if he has any wet diapers because of his poop. What should I do ??? I have been giving him pedialyte for the past two days
Asked On : Thu, 25 Apr 2013
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Pediatrician 's  Response

Thanks for writing to health care magic.

Those vomiting should be controlled first by giving antiemetic prescribed your doctor.

He is showing dehydration in the form of increased thirst.

That should be controlled with pedialyte or ORS.

Monitor for signs of dehydration.
They include
1. Decreased skin turgor
2. Increasing thirst.
3. Sunken eyes.
4. Irritability.
5. Drowsiness.
6. Decreasing passage of urine.

If there is clay colored stool that requires investigations.
Are his eyes yellow in color.

If dehydration is not controlled with ORS then he may to be started on intravenous fluids.

Hope this helps.
Take care.

Answered: Thu, 25 Apr 2013
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Pediatrician Dr. E Venkata Ramana's  Response
Feb 2013

Thank you for your query on Healthcare Magic.

There are three aspects of your child to be taken care off.

1. Controlling vomitings

2. Correcting his dehydration

3. Controlling his diarrhea.

For the control of vomitings you can give an anti emetic like ondansetron in prescribed dose every 8th hourly and once vomitings are controlled you can stop it.

His tiredness, extreme thirst are signs of presence of dehydration and it should be corrected by giving sips of oral rehydration solutions like Pedialyte, coconut water, and lemon water.

Monitor for the improvement in his hydration status by looking for increased urine output, normal skin turgor, moist tongue and oral cavity, and for decreased thirst.

For diarrhea, oral probiotic and zinc can be added with the pediatrician prescription.

Therefore consult your pediatrician for the physical examination, assessment of dehydration and for specific treatment for the child.

Hope I have answered your query.

Answered: Thu, 25 Apr 2013
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