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Dealing with Nausea and Vomiting

Nausea and vomiting are common symptoms in children and is usually caused due to viral infection such as gastroenteritis.

As a parent it is quite obvious to be concerned when your child is vomiting. Children lose fluids, salts and minerals from body while vomiting. Hence, it is essential to keep your child rehydrated for quick recovery.

Tips to follow when your child is suffering from nausea or vomiting:

  • Avoid feeding them milk products or solids.
  • Give clear liquids such as ice chips or sips of water, flavoured oral rehydrating solution (ORS), clear broth, ice pops ranging from 2 teaspoons to 2 tablespoons in every 15 minutes interval. If your child starts vomiting again, wait for 20—30 minutes and try all over again.
  • If the child does not vomit for 8 hours, give him bland (rice, cereals and toasts) and mild foods.
  • Gradually resume the regular diet if there is no vomiting for 24 hours.
  • Start milk products only after 2—3 days.

If your child is suffering from vomiting, look for visible signs of dehydration such as dry mouth, crying without presence of tears, decrease in urination and increased thirst.

It is very crucial to monitor your
child’s condition carefully. You should call the doctor if your child experiences dehydration due to severe vomiting.

Take your child to doctor if:

  • Vomiting persists for more than 24 hours.
  • He/she has not been able to hold down fluids for the past 8 hours.
  • He or she is floppy or irritable.
  • He or she suffers from severe tummy pain.
  • He or she has a headache and/or a stiff neck.

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