Sunday, January 28, 2018

What I Learned From My 4-Year-Old Son's Acute Gastroenteritis

Acute Gastroenteritis

My son just got back from the hospital 2 days ago due to Acute Gastroenteritis. It all happened so fast. It started at 4:00 in the morning of January 23 when he woke us up and vomited his entire meal from the previous night. He was complaining and kept on pointing at his tummy. We thought he just had a problem digesting the "Sinigang na Salmon" he ate for dinner.



After vomiting everything he had in his stomach, he started to poop everywhere. He could no longer control it. After a few hours of trying to rehydrate him with Pedialyte, I asked my husband to take him to the hospital right away.

Unfortunately, I couldn't go with them because we have a 4-month old baby, who couldn't be exposed to the viruses and bacteria lurking inside the hospital, to take care of. I immediately called my mom to go to the hospital as well, in case my husband would need an extra hand.

He was immediately admitted to Jecsons Medical Center. He was still vomiting and crying because of his stomach pain. He was immediately given an IV and a few medications to somehow ease the pain.

Imagine the frustration of a mom who couldn't go to his suffering child. I was just holding on to the fact that he's with his dad and his grandma.

After two and a half days of waiting for the findings, the resident pediatrician finally told my husband that it was indeed Acute Gastroenteritis. According to them, it could be from the service water he drank at Matam-ih Authentic Kapampangan Cuisine where we had our dinner before it happened. I'm not blaming the restaurant at all. It's just that maybe there was something in the water my 4-year-old kid's stomach couldn't handle.

He got discharged on the 4th day. His appetite is still poor as of today, but his behavior is already back to normal. He's still taking his take-home meds, but I can say that he's already ninety percent healed.

Here are some things I learned from this traumatic incident:

1. Always bring a bottle or two of distilled water for your kid/s. Never trust restaurants' service water even though they're saying that it's mineral, purified, or distilled. I used to have a bag full of distilled water for my son whenever we go out. But since he's already 4, we thought that it's okay to slowly introduce him to other food and water. Obviously, it wasn't a good idea.
2. If you have kids, always make sure that you have at least 2 or 3 bottles of Pedialyte (or any other oral rehydration solutions) at home.
3. Give your kids Vitamin C and Multivitamins daily. My son wasn't able to drink his vitamins for two days prior his hospitalization. Not really sure if this is connected, but who knows? These supplements strengthen and improve one's immunity system and overall health. Maybe if he was protected by his daily vitamins, the Rotavirus wouldn't be able to do much damage.
4. If severe vomiting prevents your child from absorbing his oral rehydration, take him to the hospital right away. Don't ever hesitate. Many children had already died due to Acute Gastroenteritis and severe dehydration.
5. Make sure that your kid is updated with his Rotavirus Vaccine.
6. Parenting is never easy.

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