My 2 year old was vomitting for 3 days. We took him to the ER and they gave him an IV to help control dehydration. They sent us home with Zofran tablets and instructed us to dissolve 1/2 tablet under his tongue every 8 hours. Within 10 min of giving him this, he throws up... every time. Any suggestions on this? We are not giving him any other medication. He's drinking small amounts of water and not eating. I'm afraid we're going to be taking him back to the ER in a day or so again for an overnight stay.
Poor baby! Instead of plain water maybe you might offer some pedialyte to help get his electrolytes back in balance. Even some watered down apple or white grape juice, or better yet pedialyte mixed with some juice to make it taste better.You could also try offering popcicles-sometimes they tolerate those better than drinking from a cup. This would be more of a help than plain water. He may need to go back to the ER or his pediatrician and I wouldnt wait too long because a child this age dehydrates very quickly and if they dehydrate too much it can be fatal. I dont mean to scare you, just to impress upon you how important it is not to wait too long. If you gently pinch the skin on the back of his hand and let go and the skin stays pinched up he's already very dehydrated and you'd better take him in. They may need to admit him to keep him hydrated and get the vomiting under control. I know how scary this is. We had to do the same to my oldest boy when he was 16 months old. He was only in a day or two before he was able to come back home.
Probably can't add much else other than to encourage you to not put off talking to your pediatrician. Dehydration is not something to mess around with. Is the baby urinating? If the diaper is dry for 8 or so hours you are working on dehydration. What is the baby's temperature? A fever will cause quicker dehydration.
You may need something stronger like phenergan for the nausea, but only a doctor can make that decision.
- Zofran Information for Consumers
- Zofran Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Zofran (detailed)
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