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Bachelorette ali fedotowsky manno recalls her daughters scary hospitalization what she wishes to know exclusive


former bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky-Manno thought she was hydrating her daughter during a recent bout with the stomach flu. But in March, when 5-year-old daughter Molly became unresponsive, Ali and her husband Kevin rushed their child to the hospital.

The couple learned that Molly was dehydrated due to more than 24 hours of continuous vomiting. And while Ali said Molly only seemed to have an upset stomach, she wishes she’d known sooner that her daughter actually needed an IV

Ali told Showbiz Cheat Sheet that she likes to take the phone to the doctor when her kids are sick. “We were in close contact with the doctor,” she recalls, because she always wants advice on what to do. “As soon as she got sick. I’ve dealt with a lot of bugs but still call the doctor even after she started getting sick.”

Initially, she was told to only hydrate and give Molly liquids. So she gave Molly some electrolyte after she threw up.

“Apparently she was throwing up for so long, it was 16 hours straight, it wasn’t just a few hours,” she recalled. “I thought, OK, she throws up a lot. But I kept getting her electrolytes…Pedialyte after she was done. And I was like, OK, she’s drinking it. It didn’t do much, but she drank. I think she’s fine.”

Unfortunately, Molly wasn’t doing better, in fact it was getting worse. “She got worse and worse over the next two days, it almost felt like it,” Ali said. “And so we took her to the doctor. First they said, ‘Let’s give it another day.’”

But then the doctors told them that a home remedy wouldn’t do the trick. “Then when she went in, she was sort of almost unresponsive, a little bit, not totally unresponsive, but just not herself,” Ali said. “They said, ‘You need to go straight to the ER.’”

“So we took her to the ER and it turned out, what I didn’t know, that even if your child starts drinking after becoming dehydrated from the stomach illness, sometimes fluids, even electrolyte fluids, aren’t enough,” she said . “You must have an IV. Just because your kid starts drinking liquids and you think, well, they’re drinking it, that must just be a really bad mistake and they’re still fighting it. That may not be the case. Take them to the doctor, get them checked out because in many cases they need the IV fluids in addition to the fluids, which is so scary.”

After a full day of IVs, Molly felt better and went home. Ali posted about her brave daughter on Instagram. “Molly was an absolute soldier in the hospital! She’s been poked and poked so many times because she was having trouble finding veins due to dehydration and I’m just so proud of her! She’s my little rock star!” she wrote.

Ali said Molly remembers being so sick. “She remembers a lot of it and says the gastrointestinal virus is the worst disease you can ever get!” Ali said.

Luckily Molly and little brother Riley are healthy and back at school. Ali celebrated with a “clean” taco night thanks to Old El Paso. She loves the Old El Paso Tortilla Pockets, which keep the food in her kids’ stomachs and off the floor. “That’s a sealed-bottom tortilla bag!” she exclaimed. “Almost like a bag that you take all the fillings for the taco, put it in, it’s included. It contains the mess.” She doesn’t just use the tortilla pockets for tacos. She now makes the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the kids and even egg sandwiches to go.

“You are incredible!” she said.

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