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5 month old sick and not napping, suggestions

The doctor thinks our 5 month old has a viral infection. She had a slight fever for one day and has had a cold for over a month. She is strictly breastfed and has been throwing up some of the milk. It is not spit up, it is throw up. She started this four days ago. Yesterday and today she has been fighting the naps. None of the normal tricks have been working. She has also been very fussy, probably due to not napping. She normally is very happy and content with playing by herself, but now she won't sit in her papasan or on her play gym for more than 5 mins without crying. The doctors only advice is to give her pedialyte a little at a time until she stops throwing up. This is obviously easier said than done. Any suggestions or similar experiences?

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Asked by moviemom22 at 1:06 PM on Feb. 15, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • She might also be fussy, cause she's sick and not feeling good. (Head acke, stomack acke), so a bit of infants tylonol might give her the peace she needs to fall asleep. (Also you should wait about 20-30 min. after vomiting before you give her the pedialyte, to give her stomack time to settle down - but you might already be doing this..)
    Mine also enjoyed napping in my arms when they were sick :-)

    Hope she feels better soon !

    Answer by Nynne at 1:19 PM on Feb. 15, 2010

  • if you are exclusively breastfeeding then skip the pedialyte, your breastmilk is better

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 3:17 PM on Feb. 15, 2010

  • BM is better than pedialyte.

    Did she get her shots recently??


    Answer by Anonymous at 3:28 PM on Feb. 15, 2010

  • The poor little baby. I hope she feels well soon. My son went through something like that but it was a combination of teething, runny nose, cough and total fussyness. It was the hardest part of his little life so far. I guess you have tried the warm shower mist. Sitting in the bathroom with the hot shower running while she breathes in the vapor. How about the usual warm bath with a soothing oil in it. How about the good old car ride. A humidifier can help too.
    Keep breastfeeding that is the best medicine because your body gives her antibodies also. If she has fever over 100 she should see the doctor and take tylenol. Other than that get your cozy chair out mom you're out for those wonder mom experiences. When their nose is stuffy or runny the best position to sleep in is almost the sitting position. Try elevating the baby mattress with a pillow under the mattress on the head part and maybe some baby vicks chest rub.

    Answer by texasmamaof3 at 1:22 PM on Feb. 16, 2010

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