Baby has had diahorrea for 36 hours. Is still drinking fluids but hardly eating. Should we seek medical attention or only if she stops drinking?
Person's Gender: Female
Person's Age: 15 months
Hi, and thank you for coming to JustAnswer.com with your question.
Other than the diahrrea how is she behaving?
Is she lethargic, or her normal self?
Does she have any fever?
Is she vomiting?
While it doesn't sound terribly serious at this point, the symptoms you are giving tell me that she should be seen by her pediatrician.
S/he needs to make sure that the baby isn't dehydrated (despite the fact that she is drinking - she can still be losing more fluid than she is able to take in), S/he also may want to do a stool sample.
Lastly (but least likely) the doctor may want to do a blood test.
Did you have any further questions?
It really depends on how she looks.
As you will all be going to sleep soon you will not be able to keep an eye on her, so I think it would be a better idea to have her checked out tonight.
It is possible this is a simple virus, but I'd rather err on the side of caution, than G-d forbid have a bad outcome.
Please feel free to come back with more questions.
I'll keep her in my prayers for this to be a simple virus that can be dealt with at home.
Know, that even once you've paid follow-up questions are always free.
Also, if you want to let me know, or if you have any questions about what the doctor says then I'd be happy to answer.
The biggest concern I have, and the reason I am sending you, is because children have a very large "reserve". Meaning, when a child gets sick their bodies can hold on for a long time. But when they get sick enough their bodies suddenly give out and causes them to 'crash' (unlike an adult who gets sick slowly and keeps worsening gradually when they are sick).
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