Vomiting

  • If your child is vomiting, the most important thing is to ensure that they are able to keep enough fluids down to keep themselves hydrated.

    • Some signs of dehydration are:

      • Not urinating for >8 hours

      • Inside of the mouth looking very dry

      • Eyes looking very dry

      • Not making tears when crying (if your baby normally makes tears)

  • The key to getting him/her to keep liquids down is to give him/her small amounts of liquids frequently. Don’t worry about solid foods--they will eat once they are feeling better.

    • After your child vomits, give her a break for about 30 minutes.

    • Then offer her a spoonful of Pedialyte.

    • Wait 2-3 minutes. If she keeps that spoonful down, then give her another spoonful. Wait another 2-3 minutes.

    • Keep giving her small spoonfuls of Pedialyte frequently.

    • Older children (>2 years) can have Gatorade (diluted equal parts Gatorade and water) or water instead of Pedialyte.

    • You may also give your child popsicles; because they are cold, there’s a limit to how fast they can eat them, and they contain plenty of liquids for hydration.

  • You can let your child eat what they want if they are hungry, but try to avoid fatty foods or fried foods. Also avoid dairy products with the exception of yogurt.

  • We need to see your child in the office if:

    • They are unable to keep fluids down despite the measures above

    • You are worried that they are getting dehydrated

    • The vomiting isn’t improving after 3 days

    • They are having very bad stomach or abdominal pain or their stomachs are very tender to touch

    • The vomit is bloody or dark green in appearance (yellow is fine!)

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