How To Stop Vomiting
This video addresses the very common symptom of vomiting and offers simple and effective advice on how to stop this symptom.
Today I'm going to talk to you about how you can stop vomiting. Obviously, vomiting is quite a common symptom, it's something we have all experienced at some time in our life. Most often people vomit in association with an infection, typically some sort of food poisoning or what we would call a viral gastro enteritis.
If you don't know why you are vomiting and you have been vomiting for more than a day or two, I would always see your GP, especially with a child.
So what can you do when you are vomiting to help yourself? First of all, it's absolutely crucial when you are vomiting to keep hydrated. You lose a huge amount of fluid by vomiting and it's important to replenish that fluid in order not to become dehydrated.
Obviously it is difficult if you are drinking water and throwing up, so what you can do is actually take in fluid very very slowly, either by taking sips of water - very small amounts that won't cause you to vomit - but very often, for example taking two or three sips of fluid every ten minutes. That should be enough to keep you hydrated but not to cause you to vomit.
The other thing that is quite useful to keep you hydrated is to suck ice chips.
Sucking ice chips tends not to make people vomit and can be really useful for children to keep up the fluids if they are vomiting. Similarly, sucking on an ice lolly can be another good way to take in fluid.
People often use oral rehydration salts such as Dioralyte when they are vomiting, and this is also a good way to keep up your fluid intake.
If you are vomiting with food poisoning, the vomiting is part of the process of the illness and your body getting rid of that toxin. Although it is very distressing, the vomiting will normally only last for 24-48 hours. If it is going on for longer, you can speak to your pharmacist about buying a medication such as Domperidone, or a travel sickness medication which can help to stop the vomiting.
Don't worry too much about what you're eating when you're vomiting. There are some foods that can help to control the feeling of nausea, such as ginger biscuits or taking dry crackers, but the most important thing if you're already vomiting is to drink. Taking any food will often cause you to vomit again.
Be careful of any medications you may be taking that are causing the vomiting. This is a really common reason to vomit, for example, antibiotics cause vomiting, taking ibuprofen can cause vomiting, and other pain killers such as codeine and morphine can all be a source of vomiting. Have a look at the other things you are taking that might be causing the problem.
Vomiting is a really important symptom, and as I've said, if you don't actually know why you are vomiting and there is not an obvious reason, then you must seek medical help. This is particularly important in children, although the most common reason for a child to vomit will be an infection.
There is some advice on what to do if you are vomiting.
The most important thing is to keep hydrated.