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Vomiting in children
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My child is vomiting when must I see a doctor?

Vomiting is the violent expulsion of an appreciable quantity of liquid or food from the stomach.

Firstly, stop all solids and give your child frequent, small quantities of a rehydrating solution to drink. Do not persist with this regime for more than 24 hours. We do not advise giving them milk or fruit juice. Take the child’s temperature and, if it is too high, cool them down. Observe them for other symptoms such as diarrhoea, headache, abdominal pain, pain on passing urine, etc.

Consult your doctor if:

  • the child is less than two years old and has very liquid diarrhoea
  • vomiting continues for more than six hours, despite the above treatment
  • your child complains of stomach ache or pain on passing urine.
Consult your doctor immediately if:

  • your child has a high temperature, violent headache or vomits blood
  • they have increasing abdominal pain, black or blood-containing stools
  • they have not passed urine for eight hours
  • they have had a violent knock on the head preceding the vomiting.
Either of our doctors or our paediatrician can assist with treating vomiting conditions. Vomiting is a symptom of various conditions which are often minor (viral infection, indigestion, travel sickness, etc.) But sometimes it is a symptom of a serious condition (gastroenteritis, urinary infection, etc.)


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