Learn how to stay safe from vomiting, and how to take care of a child who is vomiting.
Bacteria, parasites, foods that are hard to digest and other things, such as stress or even car travel, may also cause a child to vomit. Vomiting may also be a sign of other infectious or serious non-infectious illness, such as appendicitis.
Vomiting can be harmful to a child because of the danger of dehydration. Dehydration occurs when too much fluid is lost from the body. Children who are vomiting must drink enough fluids so they don’t become dehydrated.
Call your doctor right away if your child is vomiting and has any Signs of Dehydration or the following:
Especially from child to child through contact with feces, contaminated surfaces or in food or water.
Talk to your doctor, if you have any questions about what to feed a child who is vomiting.
Here are some suggestions.
If your infant is under 1 month of age and is vomiting (not just spitting up), call your doctor right away.
Oral rehydration solutions are exact mixtures of water, salts and sugar. They help replace lost fluids. These solutions can be absorbed even when your child is vomiting. They come in different flavours. You can buy a ready-to-use liquid, a powder that must be mixed with water, and frozen popsicles. Offer small amounts often, using a spoon or dropper for infants. Do not use oral rehydration solutions as the sole source of fluid for more than 12-24 hours.
Sports drinks, such as Gatorade™ contain more sugar than a child needs and may make diarrhea worse.
If you have any questions about oral rehydration solutions, talk to your doctor. Do not give your child any medicine unless your doctor suggests it.