How do I treat my child's diarrhea?
Stop giving your child solid foods and milk products for about 12 hours or until diarrhea stops. Give your child clear fluids. After the diarrhea has stopped, start the BRAT diet: Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast. If the food is tolerated well, slowly start adding other solid foods and milk products. If diarrhea persists more than 24 hours, call your physician.
How do I treat my child's vomiting?
Stop all foods and liquids until vomiting has stopped or just long enough to allow the cramping to stop. Start giving small amounts of clear liquid, a couple of swallows at a time, frequently. If the liquid stays down, you can slowly start increasing the amount of fluid and eventually add solid food.
My infant has a stuffy nose. What can I do?
We try to avoid giving decongestants to infants, but you can make a saline solution with 8 oz of water and ¼ tsp of salt. Using a clean dropper, put several drops into the baby’s nostrils and gently rub them. Then, using the blue bulb syringe (received at the hospital) suck out the solution from the baby’s nostrils. This will loosen the mucous and help your baby breathe easier.
My baby has a fever, what should I do?
If your baby has a low-grade fever which persists for more than 72 hours, your baby needs to see a doctor. If a high fever, above 101, lasts more than 12 hours or is combined with other symptoms, your baby needs to see his or her physician. You can alternate giving your baby Tylenol and Ibuprofen using the directions on the bottle. If your baby is younger than 6 months old, you should consult your doctor before administering Ibuprofen.
What over-the-counter medicine is safe during pregnancy?
Tylenol is safe to take throughout the entire pregnancy and Ibuprofen is safe during the 1st and 2nd trimesters but NOT the 3rd trimester. Sudafed and Tums are also safe to take during pregnancy.
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