Vomiting is a common symptom in children, and it can be distressing for kids and parents alike. As with many illnesses that strike children, vomiting tends to create a lot of questions for parents who are wondering if their kids need urgent care. Here are the answers to some of the questions parents typically have about vomiting.
What causes vomiting?
Vomiting is a neurological reaction to a trigger that is identified by the brain or nerves. The trigger may be an infection, food poisoning, and certain motions. Vomiting occurs as the body tries to get rid of the trigger. In kids, gastroenteritis is the most common trigger of vomiting. Food poisoning, appendicitis, stomach or intestinal blockages, and pancreatitis are other potential causes. In older kids, inflammatory bowel disease, drug or alcohol use, and pregnancy can also cause vomiting.
What should I do when my child vomits?
In most cases, kids can be treated at home for vomiting. It’s important to monitor kids for signs of serious dehydration, such as sunken eyes, clammy hands, listlessness, and decreased urination. For babies, this means no wet diapers for six hours. If these signs of dehydration occur, then your child should see a pediatrician. If possible, try to reduce the risk of dehydration by providing fluids. Avoid fluids that are high in sugar, like sports drinks, which can cause electrolyte imbalances. Kids should stay home from school or daycare until they have not vomited for 24 hours.
When does my child need urgent care?
Your child should see a pediatrician for vomiting if he or she becomes dehydrated or has severe abdominal pain, blood in the vomit or in bowel movements, or signs of bile in the vomit. Infants should see a pediatrician after forceful vomiting or vomiting for more than 24 hours.
At Pediatrics After Hours, we’re here to provide urgent care for your child after normal office hours, so you can get the care and peace of mind you need. Call us today to find out more about our four DFW pediatric urgent care locations.