VOMITING is the forceful ejection of a large portion of the stomach's contents through the mouth. Most vomiting is caused by a viral infection (viral gastritis) or eating something that disagrees with your child. The vomiting usually stops in 6 to 24 hours. Dietary changes usually speed recovery. If diarrhea is present, it usually persists for several days. (Barton D. Schmitt, MD, 1999)
TREATMENT FOR VOMITING
(Remember to be slow and easy on the belly!)
- Begin with NOTHING by mouth for 1 to 2 hours after the vomiting episode
- Later, begin with only SIPS of clear liquids. Offer cledar fluids like Pedialyte or Liquidlytes to infants under 12 months of age. For toddlers and older children, you can begin with Gatorade, water, white grape juice, chicken broth, and decaffeinated tea.
- Advance the diet slowly if the child is tolerating the fluids to a bland diet of starchy foods (pasta, rice, cereal without milk, crackers, toast, bananas, baked white potato, etc.)
- If the child vomits again, START OVER
CALL IF ….
- Severe abdominal pain.
- Fever is present for longer than 3 days
- Any signs of dehydration, which include: lethargy, no urination for 12 hours, no tears, dry mouth, and sunken eyes.
- Any vomiting associated with head trauma or poison/medication ingestion.
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