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Treatment for Toddler Vomiting

Vomiting is a very common thing found in toddlers. It could be caused due to indigestion, viral infections or in some cases, bacterial infections as well. Sometimes, the vomiting may be accompanied by a fever, abdominal pain and even diarrhea. Not all parents will know what to do when their child gets a bout of vomiting. This will lead to many questions among parents. Given below are some of the important questions about vomiting in toddlers that have been answered by Experts.

Are there any over the counter drugs or home remedies to stop a toddler’s vomiting?

If the parent can get a prescription over the phone, the parent may give the child Zofran or Phenergan to treat the vomiting. If not, the parent may give the child Emetrol syrup. This syrup will be available without a doctor’s prescription. The parent may also give the child de-fizzed Coke over ice to sip on every 15 minutes. Besides this the parent should make sure that the child is well hydrated, is alert and urinates at least twice a day.

How can vomiting in a 3 year old girl be controlled with no signs of abdominal pain or fever?

Keeping the child hydrated is the most important thing if the child is continuously vomiting. If the child does not have any fever and abdominal pain and is able to take in small quantities of fluids, then the child may be given Pedialyte to replace the electrolytes that they lose when vomiting. If the child does not take Pedialyte, the child can be given a sports drink, clear soda or white grape juice. Only small amounts of the fluids should be given to the child from time to time so that they are able to retain it. The parents should also monitor the child’s urination. The child should urinate at least 4 times in 24 hours. If the child does not do so, it can indicate dehydration. He/she will have to be taken to a doctor and be put on IV fluids if the child does not urinate and continues vomiting. In some cases, the child may develop diarrhea as the vomiting reduces. This will happen if the infection causing the vomiting goes to the gastro intestinal system. The parents may continue to give the child fluids and avoid dairy products.

Can a viral infection cause continuous vomiting for a period of 8 days in a toddler?

Continuous vomiting for a period as long as 8 days may not be because of a viral infection. However, this may indicate a more serious condition such as gastritis reflux, acid peptic disease or hepatitis. The child may be taken to their pediatrician for an evaluation. The child may be put on a light diet that includes bananas, rice, apples or toast. The parents should avoid giving the child fried and fatty food.

What are the different causes of vomiting in a toddler, and what can be done for the toddler?

Vomiting in a toddler could be because of either indigestion or infection. The child may be given an oral rehydration solution like Pedialyte or Equalyte. Emetrol or ginger ale can be given to reduce the vomiting. The child should also be given bland liquids like a soup to prevent dehydration. The parents should monitor the child’s urine output and take him/her to a doctor if it is low. The symptoms of an infection can worsen very fast in toddlers. Hence, if the symptoms last for more than 24 hours, the child should be taken to a pediatrician for a complete checkup.

Is it normal for a toddler to have diarrhea and vomiting for a period of 6 days?

Vomiting and diarrhea are very common in toddlers and may be caused due to viral gastroenteritis. It is normal for vomiting and diarrhea to last for 6 days or a little more. However, the parents may have to observe the child and look out for signs like lethargy, difficulty in breathing, irritability, fever which does not go down in spite of medication, low urine output, refusal to eat or drink anything, dry mouth or no tears when crying. If the child shows any of these symptoms, he/she may need to be taken to a doctor for an evaluation.

Vomiting, especially if accompanied by diarrhea can cause a lot of weakness and dehydration in toddlers. It can be difficult for parents to see their otherwise healthy and active child weak and tired. This can stress the parents out and leave them helpless not knowing how to help their little one. It is important to ensure that the child does not get dehydrated due to continuous vomiting. Parents should look out for signs of dehydration and take the child to a doctor immediately if these signs do occur. You may have questions about how you will know if your child is dehydrated or what can you do to control the vomiting in your toddler. At such times, speaking to an Expert and getting all the doubts about vomiting in toddlers cleared will help you deal with the situation better.
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