Babysitting: Dealing With Vomiting

Babysitting: Dealing With Vomiting

Kids might vomit (throw up) for lots of reasons. Most often, vomiting is caused by a stomach virus.

Vomiting can make kids lose important fluids, salts, and minerals. To counter that, you need to keep the child hydrated.

Let the parents know if a child has vomited, especially if the child cannot keep clear fluids down.

What to Do

If a younger child is vomiting:

If an older child is vomiting:

If an infant throws up or a child continues to vomit repeatedly or has abdominal pain or fever, call the parents right away.

To help prevent vomiting, avoid overfeeding kids — especially babies.

To avoid spreading germs that cause stomach viruses, wash your hands a lot. Make sure kids wash their hands before eating, after using the bathroom, or after playing outside.

Reviewed by: Kate M. Cronan, MD
Date reviewed: May 2013

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

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