How should my child be treated for vomiting?

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The goal of treatment is to keep your child from getting dehydrated. Your child’s doctor will talk with you about specific care for your child. Some general guidelines to follow include:

  • Some children need to rest their stomach for a brief time (15-30
          minutes) after they vomit before they are able to keep down
          fluids. If this is true for your child:

        - Rest the stomach for 15-30 minutes after your child vomits the first
           time only. Then try to give him small amounts (1 teaspoon-tsp.
           every 5 minutes) of clear fluids for 20-30 minutes.

        - If your child is able to keep this down, increase the amount to 2-3
           tsp. every 10-15 minutes.

        - If your child keeps the fluids down, gradually increase the amount.

        - Double the amount each hour until your child is taking as much as
           he wants.

If your child continues to vomit while giving him clear fluids, give him smaller amounts of fluid more often. This will help ensure that he does not become dehydrated.

        - For babies less than 12 months of age - give 2-3 tsp. of fluids
           gradually over 15 minutes even if they vomit. You may want to use
           a dropper to give the fluids.

        - For children over 12 months of age - give 5-6 tsp. of fluids
           gradually over 15 minutes even if they vomit.

After your child is able to keep down clear liquids for 6-8 hours, gradually begin a soft, bland diet. Give your child foods that he usually eats such as: bananas, rice, applesauce, pasta without butter, crackers and toast. Avoid fatty, fried or spicy foods such as ice cream, French fries and pizza.

  • After 12-24 hours without vomiting, gradually increase his diet from
          a soft, bland diet to a normal diet.
  • Do NOT give your child Pepto Bismol® or other similar types of
          medicines.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.