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Dear Doctor, My daughter-in-law has the flu and cannot keep

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Dear Doctor,
My daughter-in-law has the flu and cannot keep any liquid or food on her
stomach. She upchucks any thing she drinks or eats. Can you give me any
information that can help her to keep her food down ?
Thank you very much ,
Jimmy Grenhill

Hello, Jimmy;

Thank you for writing in tonight. I want to provide you with the best information, so I have a few questions about your daughter-in-law. I hope you understand.

How long has she been sick?

How many times has she vomited?

Is she dehydrated?

Is she still urinating?

Is she pregnant or does she have any other health issues?

Anyone else in the family sick?

Any other symptoms?

What foods and drinks has she been trying?

I understand that you may not know the answer to all of these questions. That is ok.


Customer: replied 8 years ago.

Dear Dr. Lisa

She has been sick 8 days. She has vomited 8 or 10 times during the 8 days. She is not dehhydrated. She is urinating. She is not pregnant or having any other health issues.

Yes, her 5 year old son also has the flu. Anything and everytthing, even ice, nothing

stays down. When she first saw her Doctor 8 days ago , he gave her some antibiotics.

She had a fever and things seemed to get get better. But yesterday and today she is

back to a fever and vomiting again. She has not been able to eat in 3 days.



Thank you for responding.

At this point, the important thing is to keep trying to push fluids and foods. A sip every 15 minutes or bite every 20 may be easier than actually drinking or eating any real quantity.

For fluids, avoid milk or sugary drinks. I would recommend low sugar sports drinks, gatorade, gingerale or water. Room air temperatures may be more easily tolerated, rather than real cold or hot drinks.

As for food, I would recommend dry toast, crackers, plain rice, and applesauce. Again, room air would be the best.

Since she was treated, improved, and is ill again, I would recommend re-evaluation by her provider again.

I hope this helps. If you have additional questions or concerns, please let me know.


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