Vomiting In Children can be Prevented
Anyone who spends time with children knows that vomiting is not something unusual, unfortunately. Vomiting occurs in children usually due to a virus, excessive exertion/enthusiasm, or motion sickness, usually caused by non-medical reasons. But it may become something disturbing for the child and chaotic for you. You have a greater chance of preventing vomiting in children by identifying common causes and anticipating things to eliminate nausea and other stimuli.
- Because children often deal with one another closely, they do not practice good hygiene habits, children can easily transmit viruses. Vomiting can be a common symptom, along with fever, weakness, fatigue, diarrhea, and others.
- Teach your child good hygiene habits (frequent hand washing) and stay away from sick children is the best way to reduce the chances of getting a stomach virus.
- Vomiting due to stomach virus ends within 12-24 hours. If the vomiting continues for longer than a day or two, or if it becomes worse (for example, if the child cannot keep fluids in the stomach), or if other symptoms worsen, contact your child’s doctor, and get medical help.
- Rest and drinking water are the best ways to treat this type of vomiting. Relax your child in the lying position while keeping his head in a side position (to prevent choking) and give small, regular doses of the electrolyte solution, water, and sugar, ice lollipops, gelatin water or other fluids recommended by a pediatrician. If the child continues to vomit whenever you give him a small amount of liquid, stop, and call your doctor immediately.
Put other common reasons in mind
- If there is no other evidence, stomach virus should be the first assumption for the cause of vomiting. But there are other childhood illnesses and activities that may be the cause.
- If your child has a respiratory infection, such as cold, this may cause vomiting due to frequent coughing and mucus leaking into the stomach. An ear infection may also cause vomiting sometimes.
- Sometimes crying for a long time can cause vomiting. If your child is temperamental and cries for a long time, he or she can feel nauseous and then start vomiting.
- Over-eating may cause vomiting, as is the case with over-exertion. The combination of the two often has a negative effect.
- Food allergies may cause vomiting. Be aware of some foods stimulate vomiting and notify your pediatrician. Ask for medical help immediately if vomiting is accompanied by a rash, swollen face or body, or difficulty breathing.
- Anxiety and excessive stress may lead to vomiting, along with headaches and other types of malaise. Concerns among children range from school problems to separation anxiety between parents to the fear of dark monsters. Strategies to reduce anxiety, behavioral therapy, and some medications may help reduce stress and vomiting episodes resulting from it.