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Old 06-16-2008, 08:52 AM   #1
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Anyone know... Pedialyte vs Breastmilk

So my LO has a horrible flu bug that basically caused him to vomit every 10-20 minutes from 3 pm to 7ish yesterday (and then a few times after that and through the night and again this morning).
The doctor was saying to give him Pedialyte but I've always heard breastmilk has everything Pedialyte has and is gentler on their tummies. Anyone know if this is true? Or have any other suggestions for me? (I haven't googled this yet but will ...)
DS held down my milk mostly through the night but this a.m. he just threw up a ton again. So I'm back to square one.
When I do nurse him should I take him off so he doesn't overfeed or do I pump and give him sips of breastmilk from a cup so I can monitor his intake?

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Old 06-16-2008, 08:59 AM   #2
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I would nurse him and watch his wet diapers to make sure hes outputting enough. More info at kelly mom---
http://www.kellymom.com/health/illne...y-illness.html
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Old 06-16-2008, 08:59 AM   #3
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Re: Anyone know... Pedialyte vs Breastmilk

Keep giving the breastmilk honey.

Here is some useful information
http://www.kellymom.com/health/illne...y-illness.html

Breastmilk vs/ Pedialyte
http://www.kellymom.com/health/illne...html#Pedialyte

Quoted (and what I follow as a guideline)

Forego the Pedialyte as long as baby continues to nurse well and as long as there are no signs of dehydration. If baby is showing signs of dehydration, talk to your doctor. Following are signs of dehydration:

fewer than 2 wet diapers in a 24-hour period
baby not behaving normally (more irritable, less active, sleeping more)
lethargy
listlessness
weak cry
no tears (in an infant older than 3 months)
dry mouth
skin that stays wrinkly-looking when pinched (pull up the skin on the front of the hand; it should pop easily back into place - not stay pinched or wrinkly-looking)
eyes that look sunken
cool, clammy extremities, especially the fingers and toes
fast breathing, or a heart that is beating faster than usual
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Nurse him, breastmilk isn't dairy and is considered a clear fluid, it's better for him than pedialyte. Our ped used to tell me keep nursing. I never had pedialyte till I had foster kids in the house.
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Re: Anyone know... Pedialyte vs Breastmilk

my dd had a stomach bug 2-3 mos ago, i never gave pedilyte but short and freq. nursing sections. it worked just fine and she never lost an oz. i'm a RN so i told her dr. straight what i was going to do, and she had no problem with it.
breastmilk is always better for you lo, pedilyte is not something their body is used to. the foremilk his more calories then pedilyte will ever have
like said said short freq nursing sessions, like every 3-5mins or 5-10 mins for nursing for 2-3 or 5-7 mins
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Re: Anyone know... Pedialyte vs Breastmilk

Just a comment to the other side

When DS was about 2 months old he got a flu type bug that lasted for a week before I called the doctor. I was giving him 100% breast milk. The doc's office told me to get him to the emergency room to get his fluid levels checked. He was only a tiny bit dehydrated so I'd been doing a good job getting fluids in, but it took two days of only pedialyte to knock that bug out of his system.
BTW you can make your own pedialyte at home. It's the salt and baking soda that help the most for a bad bug.
For 2 quarts of homemade:
1 Tbs salt
1 Tbs baking soda
1-2 Tbs of raw sugar
Older kids you can add non sugar koolaid for color and flavor if desired

Mix above ingredients in about a cup of warm water in a 2 liter/quart container until dissolved. Then fill to the top with the purist water you have available (filtered or distilled if possible). Use within 1 week, keep refrigerated.
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Pedialyte doesn't stop the stomach bug. Pedialyte is a rehydration fluid and does not stop the vomitting nor the diarrhea. Pedialyte simply replaces the fluids, sodium and potassium lost during vomiting and diarrhea

http://www.familydoctor.co.nz/index....itions&A=10607
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Pedialyte doesn't stop the stomach bug. Pedialyte is a rehydration fluid and does not stop the vomitting nor the diarrhea. Pedialyte simply replaces the fluids, sodium and potassium lost during vomiting and diarrhea

http://www.familydoctor.co.nz/index....itions&A=10607
Of course it's not a cure It's just what worked for my kids. Maybe they were reacting to something in the breastmilk.
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