Nausea describes the feeling of needing to vomit. It is when your stomach feels queasy and sick and this is often accompanied by increased saliva production and an increased heart rate. Unfortunately nausea and vomiting can be common in babies and children. When babies are very young it can be normal for them to vomit a little bit after food – this is known as possetting. Continue reading
If you have a toddler who is feeling unwell whether it be due to vomiting or diarrhoea it is a good idea to ensure they are taking in enough fluids to prevent dehydration. Water alone is not enough as it does not replace the electrolytes lost through illnesses such as these.
Dioralyte is a suitable solution for children in Ireland – they are rehydration sachets which should be taken at the following dosages:
“Daily intake may be based on a volume of 150ml/kg body weight for infants and 20-40 mg/kg body weight for adults and children.
A reasonable approximation is:
Infants – One to one and a half times the usual feed volume. For infants under 12 months, use only under medical advice
Children – One sachet after every loose motion.” Continue reading
Dehydration in babies and children
Dehydration occurs when your baby or child’s body is losing more liquid than it is taking in. This affects the levels of salts and sugars in their bodies and an inbalance can have a knock on effect on many of the body’s functions. Water makes up two thirds of the human body and as babies have such a low body weight even the smallest fluid losses can really affect them. Continue reading