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My child has gastroenteritis, my breastfeeding increases his diarrhea. Should I stop breastfeeding?

My child has gastroenteritis, my breastfeeding increases his diarrhea.  Should I stop breastfeeding?

No: Breastfeeding is the best choice for your baby. However, if it persists, you should speak to the pediatrician to see if any further work up may be necessary to rule out any metabolic disorders. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


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Breastfeeding wife of 3 week old has food poisoning (diarrhea, some vomiting). Pediatrician said ok to breast feed. What can wife take?

Breastfeeding wife of 3 week old has food poisoning (diarrhea, some vomiting). Pediatrician said ok to breast feed. What can wife take?

Breastfeeding: Your wife should be staying hydrated most importantly. Drinking plenty of fluids/Gatorade is important. Don't take any Immodium, you want whatever is in you out of you, and not trap the organism in you. Bigger question is this a stomach bug or actual food poisoning, which if latter then what kind of food poisoning bc that will dictate if you need treatment or not. ...Read more

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8month old baby diarrheal 6-7times/day for 6 days. Diarrheal after breast milk fed. Now only fed baby breast milk. No virus. Y diarrheal for so long?

8month old baby diarrheal 6-7times/day for 6 days. Diarrheal after breast milk fed. Now only fed baby breast milk. No virus. Y diarrheal for so long?

Beware of dehydratio: Initially, the most important thing to worry about is not to allow your child to get dehydrated . Watch for urine production, presence of tears and moisture of the mouth, as well as signs of decreased activity and excessive somnolence. Continue breast feeding, offer additional oral rehydration fluids. If signs of dehydration or no improvement, seek medical attention as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Can my baby contract infant botulism if I eat honey while breastfeeding him?

Can my baby contract infant botulism if I eat honey while breastfeeding him?

No: Infant botulism occurs when the spores(seeds) of botulism hatch in the infants intestine and make the toxin that interferes with their nervous system. Adult systems do not have this problem and there is no way the spores of botulism can travel into or through your breast milk.Enjoy it if you wish, there is no risk to baby. ...Read more

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My baby is 11 weeks old, acid reflux, similac spit up for 5 weeks now. She has been vomiting curdled milk for 2 weeks now. Help!

My baby is 11 weeks old, acid reflux, similac spit up for 5 weeks now. She has been vomiting curdled milk for 2 weeks now. Help!

It's normal: As soon as milk hits the acid in the stomach it curdles and smells terrible, but if your baby is happy, growing and has soft poops she doesn't need any medicine or a change in formula. It is only when babies are in pain from spitting up that we give antacid medicine and unfortunately it does not stop them from spitting up. Sitting her up for a half hour after she eats and burping well does help. ...Read more

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Should I continue pumping breastmilk for a preemie baby in the NICU with shingles on my stomach?

Should I continue pumping breastmilk for a preemie baby in the NICU with shingles on my stomach?

Depends: Only the debris from your weeping sores have any potential to trigger varicella in your baby.You do not pass it in your breastmilk, saliva or from a cough. If you can manage to keep the area covered & be sure not to contaminate the milk you pump, it would be okay to continue.Sometimes the NICU will have access to banked milk to help you/baby but if you quit pumping you may dry up. ...Read more

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My baby is breastfeeding and drinking formula can i still give her water?

My baby is breastfeeding and drinking formula  can i still give her water?

It depends: It depends on what age. You don't need to introduce water into your infants diet until you introduce the sippy cup and you definitely don't need to give water before 6 months of age. You want to make sure the infant gets all the nutrition he or she can by drinking only breast milk or formula and not filling up on empty calories with water. ...Read more

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Hi. Will it effect breast feeding baby if her mother is enamic?

Hi. Will it effect breast feeding baby if her mother is enamic?

No: Breastmilk is of the same composition regardless if the mother is anemic. The problem is the mother must be treating her anemia as well as keeping herself well hydrated in order to effectively breastfeed the baby. ...Read more

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Is it okay to drink wine while breast feeding my child is 3 weeks old im breast feeding

Is it okay to drink wine while breast feeding my child is 3 weeks old im breast feeding

One opinion: It depends on how much wine. If you feel high or giddy it is likely too much for the baby. One small glass of wine might even be good for you and the baby. I think it depends, but everyone seems to agree it is less of a concern than during early pregnancy. ...Read more

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3 week old infant stomach making noises while I'm breastfeeding her, is that normal?

3 week old infant stomach making noises while I'm breastfeeding her, is that normal?

Yes: Everyone, including infants swallow air during feeding & this will enter the stomach and add noise to the mechanical processing in the organ. As processed food enters & moves into the intestines it may also make some odd sounds. Some infants are noisier than others. Normal. ...Read more

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4 month old baby given gerber purees. Has hard stools and hot body. No temparature. Breast milk not sufficient and baby refuses formula no matter what?

4 month old baby given gerber purees. Has hard stools and hot body. No temparature. Breast milk not sufficient and baby refuses formula no matter what?

Feeding: Some baby foods are more constipating-apples, bananas, sweet potatoes. Other foods like peaches, pears, prunes are more loosening. Extra water in your babies diet is also helpful to soften stools. Dilute juices are also good but usually not before 6 months of age. ...Read more

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Is it possible to over feed my 3 week old baby? He's breastfeeding, not bottle feeding.

Possible: Breast fed babies usually stop sucking when they feel full. If your baby is spitting up a lot, that could mean he is taking more than he needs, but at this age, don't worry about overfeeding. The baby needs lots of calories for growth. ...Read more

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Uffers from severe dry cough..Is lactogen the reason..As im feeding her lactogen since she was of 3 months..

Uffers from severe dry cough..Is lactogen the reason..As im feeding her lactogen since she was of 3 months..

Not from lactogen: Lactogen does not cause cough.Get the baby checked by your pediatrician as you say the cough is severe. ...Read more

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What to take for stomach flu if breastfeeding?

What to take for stomach flu if breastfeeding?

Stay hydrated: Make sure you're taking enough fluids, and eat only a bland diet until you feel completely better. This means easy to digest foods like rice, bananas, toast, plain baked potato, broth, etc. Avoid fried, heavy, fatty, saucy, creamy foods until your condition has returned to normal (and consider avoiding all that same stuff for your general health after you're better). ...Read more

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When is the stomach flu contagious if breastfeeding?

When is the stomach flu contagious if breastfeeding?

Not Passed in Milk: While a nursing mother can pass a stomach virus onto her child, the virus does not pass to the child through the breastmilk. The mother's antibodies passed via the breastmilk may even offer protection for the child. ...Read more

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I breastfeed my 9 month old and I have severe diarreha and nausea, what can I take to get rid of this stomach flu?

I breastfeed my 9 month old and I have severe diarreha and nausea, what can I take to get rid of this stomach flu?

Ideally - nothing: Usually acute gastroenteritis presenting as diarrhea and nausea is of viral etiology and resolves by itself over 48-72 hrs. Antibiotics do not help- you should however maintain hydration, especially as you are breast feeding- you can eat bananas, soft rice- these are binding. Yogurt is also good- avoid fruit juices in diarrhea as the high sugar content can make the diarrhea worse. ...Read more

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My 10 month old baby has stomach flu how long or days should the diahrrea last and all the sympthoms? She's in playful but don't eat 2 too much formula

Stomach "flu": (viral) usually last 24-48 hours. Keep baby hydrated with sips of pedialyte/formula/ watered down juice. Since she's playful, symptoms should rapidly subside. Bacterial gastroenteritis' symptoms may be more severe & last longer so that medical intervention may be needed to prevent dehydration. Braty diet (banana, rice, applesauce, toast, yogurt) may help, too. ...Read more

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How can you tell when a 4 year old child has the stomach flu or the dreaded appendicitis?

How can you tell when a 4 year old child has the stomach flu or the dreaded appendicitis?

You cannot: If you suspect that a 4 yr old may have appendicitis they should be examined by a doctor. If they are having abdominal pain, the abdomen is tender, they are vomiting, cannot lie still, then these are suggestive symptoms that an exam would be beneficial. ...Read more

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How can I avoid the stomach flu or the stomach virus when my baby sister, younger brother, and older sister have it?

How can I avoid the stomach flu or the stomach virus when my baby sister, younger brother, and older sister have it?

Hand washing : Contact with the virus is what can assist with acquiring it. If you keep things clean, where gloves when cleaning up after your sick siblings and washing your hands regularly esp. If it is after contact with your sibs clothing, bedding or oral care products should minimize your risk if you are caring for them. Limited exposure also should decrease risk. ...Read more

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My two year old recently Had the stomach flu. how many days (after symptoms have stopped) can I send him to child care?

My two year old recently Had the stomach flu. how many days (after symptoms have stopped) can I send him to child care?

When he wakes up : in the morning feeling pretty well, tolerating bananas, rice, applesauce, etc., & having no liquid stool running out of his diaper, take him back to daycare. I'm sure the daycare workers follow universal precautions to attempt to prevent transmission of infectious diseases, but 2-year-olds just don't follow the same precautions. Be nice & take him back when his poop will stay in his diaper. ...Read more

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A baby who had the stomach flu 6 days ago spat on my face and now I'm really worried. Can I get sick from it? He seems fine, no one else has got sick

A baby who had the stomach flu 6 days ago spat on my face and now I'm really worried. Can I get sick from it? He seems fine, no one else has got sick

Probably not: Baby stomach flu is usually from viruses and children are more susceptible. Adults are usually not affected even after exposure. Even if u get it, shd be very mild. Not much to be worried about. ...Read more

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How would you know if your child has the stomach flu or appendicitis?

How would you know if your child has the stomach flu or appendicitis?

Sxs: Appendicitis pain can start with mild pain around the belly button. The pain worsens over time. It can become sharp with loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting & possibly a fever. The pain usually moves toward the right lower quadrant of abdomen. Bouncing or jolting will often make the pain worse. Appendicitis can have varying presentations. Go to er for severe abdominal pain. ...Read more

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Can I catch the stomach flu from being around a baby that wasn't sick until the next day after I played with him?

Can I catch the stomach flu from being around a baby that wasn't sick until the next day after I played with him?

Maybe: Incubation period of infection (probably viral) can cause shedding of virus (contagious) before actual outbreak of symptoms. Always good to wash hands, don't eat from infant's plate. ...Read more

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How aftern can stomach flu cause in 2nd half year child my son is suffering from stomach flu almost every month can is it safe to give them e come?

How aftern can stomach flu cause in 2nd half year child my son is suffering from stomach flu almost every month can is it safe to give them e come?

Recurrent Vomiting: Infections are a common cause of vomiting in infants however the monthly pattern signals the possibility of a chronic or more serious condition such as a blockage in the digestive tract or kidney and brain disorders. Nutritional deficiency is also of concern. Because of the complex causes of recurrent vomiting, your infant should see a Pediatrician soon to provide correct diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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My 10 days baby have stomach flu what should I do?

My 10 days baby have stomach flu what should I do?

Stomach virus : Please take him to pediatrician immediately. Newborns are very vulnerable and can get dehydrated very fast if there's diarrhea, vomiting and not enough oral hydration, especially if there's fever as well. ...Read more

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How would I know if my child has food poisoning vs. Stomach flu?

How would I know if my child has food poisoning vs. Stomach flu?

Very tough: Unless you know the suspected food and are able to test it, or there is an outbreak with an epidemiological analysis it may be very hard to determine the source of self-limited nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. On the other hand if your child has fever, other symptoms outside the GI tract, they probably have a viral illness, although not necessarily influenza. ...Read more

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How can I help my baby who has a stomach flu?

How can I help my baby who has a stomach flu?

Fluids: Make sure that the child does not become dehydrated. You did not say the age, but pedialyte or gatorade, or even water, are preferable to the child not drinking. If you cannot get them to drink, they will have to be hospitalized. ...Read more

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Are you supposed to give any medicine to a child with the stomach flu?

Are you supposed to give any medicine to a child with the stomach flu?

Zofran (ondansetron) tablets to ch: Zofran (ondansetron) tablets may be prescribed to children over 2 years of age with severe vomiting. Otherwise with no vomiting and no evidence of dehydration, they only needs lots of clear liquids. ...Read more

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My baby is suffering the stomach flu. What food should I give to him and what should I avoid?

My baby is suffering the stomach flu.  What food should I give to him and what should I avoid?

VOMITING: How old is baby? No juice or milk . Diet depends on age.Frequent small amount of fluids like tea, 7 up or sprite , pedialyte, gatorade, jello. See your md if still sick to avoid dehydration. ...Read more

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Why would it be that my child is still having liquid stool after 48 hours of stomach flu?

Why would it be that my child is still having liquid stool after 48 hours of stomach flu?

Diarrhea : Viral gastroenteritis may last up to a week, make you your child is drinking pedialyte or other electrolyte containing drinks. Slowly and gradually the stool consistency will become normal. Brat diet can be helpful. Stop all juices. If no improvement after a week better see his doctor. ...Read more

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My child had bad stomach flu and her glucose blood level was 135. Can being sick make it high? Is. 135 a concern after not eating and throwing up ?

My child had bad stomach flu and her glucose blood level was 135. Can being sick make it high? Is. 135 a concern after not eating and throwing up ?

Normal body response: When you are sick, your body secretes certain hormones in response to the stress on the body, including steroids. This will cause a rise in the blood glucose, even if the child hasn't been eating. It is totally normal and expected. She is not diabetic and nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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Val just had a baby 6 months ago and has had the stomach flu for 3 weeks. When she eats, she vomits along with other spontaneous vomiting. She is always exhausted and dizzy. ?

Val just had a baby 6 months ago and has had the stomach flu for 3 weeks. When she eats, she vomits along with other spontaneous vomiting. She is always exhausted and dizzy. ?

Not due to pregnancy: It is unlikely that this is the stomach flu if it has lasted for 3 weeks and also unlikely to a pregnancy with delivery 6 months ago. She needs to be seen by her PCP or an urgent caste clinic to diagnose her and treat her appropriately. Hope she feels better fast. ...Read more

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Dr. David Cohen
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Stomach Flu (Definition)

Viral gastroenteritis is a viral infection of the GI tract. It can be picked up from contact with surfaces and foods that are carrying the virus. Symptoms include upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Sometimes ...Read more


Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

A condition in which a person has vomiting and diarrhea due to an infection with a "stomach flu" virus. It is contagious, and usually resolves without treatment except for over-the-counter remedies or ...Read more