How do you get a toddler to take fluids? - page 2

NO medical advice, please! I just want suggestions on getting fluids in a toddler who is sick and refuses to drink. She's got a fever and has been sleeping all morning, won't take anything. She's not... Read More

  1. by   TazziRN
    Quote from traumaRUs
    Popsicles, ice cubes to suck on, juice via a cool straw, pedialyte via popsicles (can you tell popsicles are my favorite). Always worked in the ER.
    Me too, Trauma, but the problem is she wouldn't take anything no matter how I coaxed. I ate more of the popsicle than she did!
  2. by   saudi-nurse
    med syring will be ok if she will cry alot nothing but force her small amount between times
  3. by   indigo girl
    Cherry jello in a liquid form?
  4. by   Hnebun
    Sounds gross, but I remember my mom giving me un-gelled warm Jello to drink....also, sucking on a wet washcloth....what about Gatorade or maybe Sprite with food coloring (blue for Blues Clues or red for Elmo??). A Coke float (ice cream w/ Coke on top). Just my 2 cents
    Keep us posted...hope little one is feeling better soon.
  5. by   BSNtobe2009
    My daughter always rejected pedialyte, but she would do the pedialyte pops. I also hate giving soda, but my grandma would SWEAR kids will take this over a popsicle at the hospital. Can she drink through a straw?

    Only one time did she refuse to drink, but it was because she had a throat so sore she flat out wouldn't do it. That only lasted one night. If she has a sore throat, I know for me, any kind of juice felt like battery acid.
  6. by   BSNtobe2009
    Quote from Hnebun
    Sounds gross, but I remember my mom giving me un-gelled warm Jello to drink....also, sucking on a wet washcloth....what about Gatorade or maybe Sprite with food coloring (blue for Blues Clues or red for Elmo??). A Coke float (ice cream w/ Coke on top). Just my 2 cents
    Keep us posted...hope little one is feeling better soon.
    Warm jello doesn't sound gross
  7. by   Jolie
    Quote from TazziRN
    Me too, Trauma, but the problem is she wouldn't take anything no matter how I coaxed. I ate more of the popsicle than she did!

    Great! Tomorrow, you'll be sick!

    My favorite movie line of all time: "There is nothing more toxic...than the human child." from Monsters, Inc.

    Hope you're both better soon!
  8. by   DDRN4me
    my mom used to always make me warm jello when i was sick!!
    even the regular jello in small cubes helps.

    my kids liked sherbet , watermelon and applesauce. not traditional "clear liquids" but it helped!!!

    hope she feels better soon!!
  9. by   TazziRN
    It's 1900 and she is not the same child she was this morning...no more fever, she's eating and drinking everything in sight! What worried me was the lack of fluids....no matter how sick she's been in the past (and she's got an impressive history already) she's never refused fluids before.

    Thanks for the support, guys, I appreciate it! I didn't think about pedialyte pops, I should get some.
  10. by   wooh
    If you don't have slurpees or icees near you, you can always take a popsicle and crush it up in a cup. That's what we do at work to make slushees for the kids.
  11. by   MS._Jen_RN
    OTC Drymamine(sp?) (the motion sickness med) is an antiemetic.
    Try Jello, kids love jello.
    ~Jen
  12. by   babynurselsa
    Popsicles
  13. by   TazziRN
    Quote from MS._Jen_RN
    OTC Drymamine(sp?) (the motion sickness med) is an antiemetic.
    Try Jello, kids love jello.
    ~Jen
    She's not vomiting

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