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How do I treat my child's vomiting?

How To Treat Your Child's Vomiting

Scott Cohen (Pediatrician, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center) gives expert video advice on: How do I treat my child's vomiting?

How do I treat my child's vomiting?

You do not need to re-hydrate your child right after vomiting. Most people think, "A child throws up. They must be immediately dehydrated. Let's pour fluids into them." And that's really the wrong thing to do after vomiting. What you want to do is give the stomach some rest. Wait 30 to 60 minutes before you offer your child anything to eat or drink, even if they're begging you. This is because anything they take, they're more than likely going to throw up again. And if they vomit five times in a row, wait 30 to 60 minutes after the very last time. Then you want to offer them only very small amounts of liquid. They're going to feel thirsty after vomiting, so if you give them the cup or the bottle they're going to chug the whole thing and throw it right back at you, so you want to give them only very small amounts. We're talking a teaspoon, and a minute later another teaspoon, and a minute later two teaspoons. Give them small amounts, gradually increasing it, so they can hold it down. It's more important to do small amounts frequently than large amounts, to keep your child hydrated. As time goes on, they'll be able to hold down more and more. Another common misconception is that you should give your child water after vomiting; but they'll probably throw it up. You want to give them something with electrolytes after vomiting, which include sugar, sodium, and potassium. These are things like Pedialyte for babies, which is like baby Gatorade. Indeed Gatorade, sugar water, tea, broth or something along those lines such as watered down or flat soda, is best to get them the electrolytes they need, until the vomiting goes away.