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My 5 year old son has been vomiting all night. He has also

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My 5 year old son has been vomiting all night. He has also had diarrhea. I have tried giving him small amounts of juice and crackers, but he keeps throwing them up. What can I give him to help calm his stomach and help him keep some food down?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 5 years ago.

Vomiting and diarrhea in children is most often caused by a virus infection. So that is also the most likely reason in your child too. Usually this is self limiting, thus resolve on it's own. The other causes of vomiting are;

1) food poisoning,
2) sores in stomach
3) food reflux

The most important treatment is to rest the stomach for several hours and just give clear liquids. Start with 1- 4 tablespoons every 10-15 minutes as tolerated. Pedialyte can be given. If the child is holding down liquids after 6-8 hours of this treatment, you may offer larger amounts of fluids and small portions of some solid foods. Bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, crackers, and clear soups with noodles can be tried later. Go to ER if following are present:

1) continued vomiting,
2) high fever,
3) listlessness,
4) not urinating for over 8 hours, or
5) dry, sunken eyes.

Please feel free for your follow up questions.


I would be happy to assist you further, if you need any more information.


Dr. Arun
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Okay, that would make sense, as he has had a persistent cough for the last week. It sounds like the most important thing to do is to keep him hydrated, so that's what I'll work on. Thank you!
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 5 years ago.
You are very welcome.

Yes, the mainstay of the treatment is keeping him hydrated.

It is privilege assisting you.

Dr. Arun
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