I got the call at work yesterday afternoon that every Mom with a kid in school dreads. Poor little Mason had just thrown up on a little girl in his class. The teacher was perplexed. He had been playing all morning and had seemed completely fine, although he had eaten very little breakfast and lunch. Then during playtime she noticed that Mason and his little friend were both covered in sick but playing as if nothing was out of the ordinary. Oy. (When I told a guy friend about the incident later he quipped, “Maybe he likes her.”)
I immediately left work and hustled the nine blocks down to Mason’s daycare to pick him up. I called his pediatrician on the way to school and the nurse instructed me to give him Pedialyte and/or water over the next four hours, slowly, and to call back if he hadn’t been able to keep anything down. I was to introduce bland, “boring” food to him very slowly after he was able to keep liquids down for a couple of hours.
I retrieved Mason and we made it home without any throw up incidents on the subway (thank God for everyone on the train, not just us). I spent the rest of the afternoon scrubbing him down in the tub, rubbing his back, and trying to get him to sip Pedialyte, with minimal luck. He insisted on playing with his toys (below) between bouts of sickness, but I could tell when things were about to get bad again because he’s start crying, abandon his toys, and cling to me. Child prefers to be sick while I’m holding him but I can’t blame him –I remember taking similar comfort in my mom when I was sick as a little girl.
Last night was rough. Mason was up about every half hour crying and he got sick again around 5 a.m. so we’re taking it easy today. As I begin to introduce food to him once again — he’s managed to keep down some puffs, dry toast, and banana so far today — I’m going to follow the guidelines the nurse gave me yesterday and serve him bland foods. I’m posting what I plan to feed him, in order, in case it will help you if your babe gets a stomach bug this winter. But it’s always a good idea to call your pediatrician for advice if your child is vomiting and/or has diarrhea.
2. Dry toast
3. Fresh banana
5. Brown rice cooked in chicken broth
6. Noodles cooked in chicken broth and a dash of ginger
I would also give Mason popsicles, like my Mom suggested, if I thought he’d actually suck on the popsicles and not paint the floor with them, but I don’t think we’re there yet:)
Drinking Pedialyte and playing with toys between bouts of sickness. Poor Mason.