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September 20th, 2009, 02:15 PM
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My little dude has a fever... we were in the ER last night and got a bag of antibiotics and he still has a temp over a hundred. I've been nursing him every 2 hours (usually 3ish) to keep him hydrated and more or less "happy" (he's just super cranky)... but should I be giving him water or pedialyte, too? One of the nurses offered and took me by surprise and I automatically turned her down... and now I'm not sure. We'll see our PCP tomorrow and actually have to call the ER doc back in an hour for an update, but was just curious what you ladies think?

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September 20th, 2009, 03:19 PM
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AFAIK breastmilk should be enough, your body should notice a feverish baby. I remember that when my girl got sick when she was EBF that I just offered her the boob all the time. She was quite happy to enjoy it. I noticed that her poo turned greener, I took this as a sign of my body producing more foremilk to hydrate her.

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September 20th, 2009, 07:27 PM
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nurse nurse nurse!!! your milk has plenty of water in it! just keep offering to nurse and you should be ok.
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September 20th, 2009, 07:34 PM
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I don't see a reason to give him anything besides breastmilk, it should be plenty to keep him hydrated. Out of all of the options, it's the healthiest thing he can drink at this point.

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September 20th, 2009, 08:22 PM
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It's true.. your breast milk will keep him hydrated enough. Sometimes Pedialyte is offered for piece of mind, but it's not necessary.. too much water can actually be bad as it can dilute the blood.

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