Vomiting in Children #A2ZChallenge

It can be difficult to see a child vomit, but hang on they will bounce back even before you know.

It is rather normal for children and babies to Vomit. We all are used to see them vomiting when they are not well, or when forced to eat food or when they cry a lot. These are not so serious and the child is better soon. However, the most common cause of vomit in a child and babies is gastroenteritis.

Gastroenteritis is the infection of the gut and is also known as stomach flu. It is also known to cause diarrhoea and nausea. However, the child starts to feel better in a few days. When the vomiting is persistent and the child becomes severely dehydrated then it may be an indication of something serious.

Today I will discuss some causes for vomiting, what to do and how to take care of the child.

Causes of Vomiting in Children: Though it is normal, there may be a cause behind vomiting in children and babies. Some of the causes are:

In babies the causes are:

  • Gastroenteritis
  • Food allergy
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux
  • Swallowing too much milk because of a big hole in the bottle teat
  • Congenital Pyloric Stenosis – In this condition the passage from the stomach to the bowel narrows and the food does not pass easily, thus causing vomiting.

What to do when a child has vomiting: Don’t panic and just keep a close eye on them. In case of the tummy bug, the child will feel better in a day or two and will get back to their playing and eating. However, if they are not their normal selves, irritable, cranky and lethargic then doctor’s advice should be taken.

Medical advice should also be taken when the child is:

  • Repeatedly vomiting
  • Dehydrated
  • Has been vomiting more than 2 days
  • Green vomit or blood in it

Caring for a child at home: A child can be treated safely at home. Here are some things which can be followed to take care of the child who is unwell:

  • Make sure that the child drinks a lot of fluids to avoid dehydration
  • Continue to breastfeed babies
  • Oral rehydration contains both salt and sugar and replaces the salts and water which is lost through vomiting
  • Avoid serving fruit juices and aerated drink as these may further dehydrate the child
  • Offer semisolid food if the child is not dehydrated and wishes to eat something

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Well, about me I can say that I am a certified dentist, healthcare analyst, medical writer and above all a mother of a 6-year-old. Most of my day to day activities revolve around her and she is my inspiration to start this blog. As a mother, I experimented with a lot of new things for my little one in a quest to find the best for her. I just want to share my experiences of being a happy and content mum.

10 Comments

  1. April 25, 2019
    Reply

    Quite a useful post. I give sugar And salt water to my kids in case of vomiting to avoid dehydration.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 25, 2019
      Reply

      Yes this is the best thing to do

  2. April 25, 2019
    Reply

    I remember my childhood. I used to vomit a lot. Food infection, change in weather, overeating, sun, etc were the reasons. Very useful post!

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 25, 2019
      Reply

      Thanks Sanjota

  3. April 25, 2019
    Reply

    Yes vomiting can be a serious problem. More so if vomiting is associated with loose stool. There can be severe dehydration if water does not get absorbed into the system. Along with other things, oral rehydrating solution (ORS) is helpful. It puts back water and salt and some glucose into the system. Earlier cholera used to cause havoc and death due to severe water loos. I think vomiting should be taken seriously, specially if it is frequent and accompanied by loose motion.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 29, 2019
      Reply

      Thanks for these inputs Abhijit.

  4. April 25, 2019
    Reply

    an informative post! In childhood I used to vomit when the car mirrors were closed. I need natural air while I travel 😛 and still its the same

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 29, 2019
      Reply

      I guess you should roll the glasses down each time you travel. 🙂

  5. April 25, 2019
    Reply

    Very Useful post. Hydration is the key to faster recovery.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 29, 2019
      Reply

      Thanks, Roopali. Yes, hydration is the key.

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