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Mom’s Question:

What should I give my 3 and half year old daughter who has been peeing yellow color for 2 days and this morning she vomited in yellow color?

She does not drink much fluids, I have to forcefully give her water after eating something.


Baby Helpline:

How To Prevent Dehydration In Sick Baby

Your daughter may be a little dehydrated and that would be why her urine is more yellow. Her stomach is probably empty so that is why her vomit is yellow, it is from her stomach acid.

She does not have to eat solid food, just make sure you try to get fluids in her.

For the first twenty-four hours or so of any illness that causes vomiting, keep your child off solid foods, and encourage her to suck or drink clear fluids, such as water, sugar water (1.2 teaspoon [2.5 ml] sugar in 4 ounces [120 ml] of water), Popsicles, gelatin water (1 teaspoon [5 ml] of flavored gelatin in 4 ounces of water), or preferably an electrolyte solution (ask your pediatrician which one), instead of eating.

Liquids not only help to prevent dehydration but also are less likely than solid foods to stimulate further vomiting.

Here are some guidelines to follow for giving your child fluids after she has vomited.

  1. Wait for two to three hours after the last vomiting episode, and then give 1 to 2 ounces (30-60 ml) of cool water every half hour to one hour for four feedings.
  2. If she retains this, give 2 ounces (60 ml) of electrolyte solution alternated with 2 ounces of clear liquids every half hour.
  3. If this is retained for two feedings, add half-strength formula or milk (depending on age), and continue increasing the quantity slowly to 3 to 4 ounces (90-120 ml) every three or four hours.
  4. After twelve to twenty-four hours with no additional vomiting, gradually return your child to her normal diet, but continue to give her plenty of clear fluids.

For signs of dehydration, read the guidelines in this Baby Help Line answer to another parent.

If your daughter continue to show signs of dehydration or other illness, go see your pediatrician for evaluation. I hope your little one feels better soon.


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