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10 month old baby boy throwing up frequently with no fever.

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10 month old baby boy throwing up frequently with no fever. Could it be food poisoning? Do I take him into emergency?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Davidson replied 7 years ago.
Hi there, and thanks for your question. I'm sorry to hear about your boy's symptoms, and I hope to help. The major risk in these cases is dehydration, or a loss of too many bodily fluids. Being under 1 year of age, it would likely be a good idea to visit the ER if he is not able to keep much down, and he's vomiting frequently. His symptoms are more likely due to a viral gastroenteritis, or infection of his stomach/small intestine, that is accounting for his frequent vomiting. Often these cases do not have a fever. I do not think this is food poisoning, but even if it was, the treatment would be the same: administration of fluids and an evaluation for dehydration at the ER. I would therefore consider visiting the ER to ensure that he is adequately hydrated and doing well. I hope this information is helpful for you and your boy, and I wish you both well. Regards, XXXXX XXXXX
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
The reason I thought it might be food poisioning is that about 1 hour before he started throwing up I fed him a jar of baby food (carrots). While feeding him i kept noticing a strange smell, finally got a whiff of the carrots and it had a very weird smell. He ate about 3/4 of the jar. I gave him a bath and he started throwing up fiercly. He has not acted like he is in pain. Still trying to throw up some. I really do not think it is a virus that hit him...he has been fine today until eating his dinner.
Expert:  Dr. Davidson replied 7 years ago.
Thanks for the additional information. Considering that history, it's possible that the carrots are playing a role. That being said, both viruses and food poisoning episodes typically last 24-48 hours, and the key issue of dehydration remains. If he's vomiting to the point that he can't eat or drink, and you're concerned about dehydration, I would recommend that he be seen in the ER for an evaluation and possible treatment. I wish you both well. Regards, XXXXX XXXXX
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