Vomiting & Diarrhea without a Fever, a Parent’s Conundrum

Headaches, upset tummies, and throwing up is not fun for anyone, especially for children whose bodies are still sensitive. It can become quite worrisome for the parents when these issues come up without any explanation at first. This is because sometimes vomiting and diarrhea are not always accompanied by fevers that can be treated with medication. Besides visiting a Pediatrician for a more accurate treatment, vomiting & diarrhea can be treated at home with food that is easy on the tummy and growing up milks (eg. Similac Total Comfort Stage 3) with prebiotics to ease abnormal reactions.2, 5

 

What is Considered Diarrhea?

Bowel movements are a necessity to get rid of waste products from the body. It is quite normal for your child to go to the toilet 2 times a day. It is also quite normal to present stool that is a little softer than normal (not diarrhea) due to the consistency of food your child eats.1 For example, if they eat mostly liquid foods, stool will come out softer and lighter in color. Diarrhea is when your child has 3 or 5 or more trips to the toilet with stools that are watery or paste like that is accompanied by stomach pain. On the opposite spectrum, if the stool is very hard, bumpy, or chunky hard balls that are hard to pass, then that is constipation.1

 

It could be a (Vital gastroenteritis) Stomach Flu

This is an infection of the gut (gastroenteritis) that is usually caused by bacteria or viruses. These types of viruses  that can enter the body through contaminated food (eg. E. coli or salmonella) 2 and unwashed hands.

The symptoms are quite unpleasant and take away enjoyment of the day, but usually start to feel better after a few days with some diet adjustments (clear broth or congee) and plenty of fluids (small sips at a time). Contact your Pediatrician/General Practitioner immediately if you are worried or those symptoms are accompanied by fevers.3, 4

 

What is food intolerance?

Food intolerance is a digestive system response rather than an immune system response. It occurs when something in food irritates child’s digestive system or when child is unable to properly digest, or break down, the food. Intolerance to lactose, which is found in milk and other dairy products, is the most common food intolerance.Symptoms of food intolerance include: Nausea, Stomach pain, Gas, cramps or bloating, Vomiting, Heartburn, Diarrhea, Headaches, Irritability or nervousness. *

 

How to Treat

For the majority of vomiting and diarrhea cases, you can provide treatment for your child safely at home. You can give your child an appropriate oral rehydration solution (a solution of sugar, salt, vitamins, and some minerals). As to which oral solution is appropriate, it depends on the severity of the vomiting and diarrhea.3 If the child does not seem to be dehydrated and has not lost their appetite, they can continue to eat solid food, but prepare them in smaller bite sizes.4

Extra care is advised if your child does not have much of an appetite. Providing your child with soft foods like soup, congee, broth, or grow up milk with prebiotics can help ease any tummy issues. For example, Similac Total Comfort Stage 3 is a growing up milk that has easy to digest nutrients for children who have sensitive tummies. Designed with Tummy Care Nutritional System with prebiotics (FOS), partially hydrolyzed 100% whey protein, very low lactose, unique vegetable fat blend with no palm oil for better absorption.6,7 Similac Total Comfort Stage 3 also contains 2’‐FL HMO & Nucleotides to enhance resistance,8,9 and vitamin A, B12, C, D, folic acid, iron, selenium and zinc to help support a developing immune system and ease any tolerance issues. To see if Similac Total Comfort Stage 3 is right for your child, please visit Similac Myanmar today to sign up for samples.10