First Aid: Vomiting

First Aid: Vomiting

First Aid

Vomiting can be caused by many things, most commonly gastroenteritis (the "stomach flu"). Vomiting can cause kids to lose fluids, salts, and minerals, so it's important to make sure these are replaced.

What to Do

1. Do not feed milk products or solid foods to a child who has been vomiting.

2. Give small amounts of fluid:

If your child vomits again, wait 20-30 minutes and start over.

3. Gradually increase the amount of fluids once there's no vomiting for 3 to 4 hours.

4. After 8 hours without vomiting:

5. Resume regular diet after 24 hours without vomiting. Call the doctor if it starts again.

Seek Medical Care


Vomiting is accompanied by:

Think Prevention!

Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: April 2014

Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.

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OrganizationPediatric/Adolescent Gastroesophageal Reflux Association (PAGER) PAGER is a nonprofit organization that provides information and support to parents, patients, and doctors about gastroesophageal reflux (GER).
OrganizationChildren's Digestive Health and Nutrition Foundation (CDHNF) The CDHNF website provides information on gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
OrganizationNorth American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN) NASPGHAN works to help children and adolescents with digestive disorders.
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