When should I call the doctor about vomiting?

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If you are throwing up, call or go to the doctor or clinic for:
  • Nausea, with very bad headache
  • Throw-up that is green or yellow
  • Throw-up that is bloody or looks black, like coffee grounds
  • Nausea, with very bad stomach pain for more than 2 hours
Adults and children:
  • Trouble keeping any liquids in the stomach for 12 hours
  • Signs of too little fluid in the body: dry mouth, dry skin, no tears, or little or no urination (peeing)
  • For children, no urination in the last 8 hours
  • For adults, no urination in the last 12 hours
  • Throwing up that lasts more than 2 to 3 days
If your baby is throwing up, call or go to the doctor or clinic for:
  • Spitting up often
  • Throwing up again and again
  • Trouble keeping any liquids in the stomach for 8 hours
  • Signs of too little fluid in the body: dry mouth, dry skin, no tears, or little or no urination (peeing)
  • For babies 3 months or less, fewer than 4 to 6 wet diapers in the last day
  • For older babies, no wet diapers in the last 8 hours
  • Unusual sleepiness or fussiness

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