My toddler vomited twice within an hour. She keeps asking to eat and drink?

(March 3, 2010)

Vomiting is usually considered to be a symptom of an underlying medical condition, but sometimes can be nothing more than the body rejecting some substance that it dos not agree with. However, the fact that vomiting is closely related to a number of very serious conditions, it is normal to panic a little till the time you are sure of its cause. The level of panic that sets in is always usually much more when a toddler is the one vomiting as the parent will usually not know what to make of the occurrence and how to gauge the severity of the scenario. The fact is, there are a number of reasons for your child to vomit regularly, with some being more serious than others. Viral or bacterial infections are probably the most common cause of the occurrence.  In the event any strain of virus or bacteria has infected the stomach lining of the toddler, the child is also likely to experience other symptoms of the infection such as diarrhea, abdominal pain, a loss of appetite and fever. Other infections such as the common cold may also trigger a bout of vomiting while a ear infection will cause vomiting as well as nausea.

Some signals that the reason for vomiting is ore serious include the presence of a fever higher than 37 degrees Celsius and if the child is younger than three months or above 39 degrees Celsius if the child is over 3 months. If the child is either vomiting with a significant amount of force or continues vomiting over a period of 12 hours, it is highly recommended that you visit the child’s doctor as soon as possible to have some tests carried out and diagnose the presence of a medical condition. A few other symptoms that you may notice include shortness of breath, a swollen abdomen and a constant refusal to drink formula milk or even breast feed.

Vomiting can be quite a traumatic experience for a toddler, so the care you provide your daughter just after the episode is very important. In all likelihood, the toddler will start to cry, so first calm her down. Toddler Vomiting results in the loss of some very essential body fluids and replenishing them is of the utmost importance. Providing her with an oral rehydration solution will be extremely helpful and prevent the onset of dehydration. Do not feed your baby any fruits or carbonated drinks at this time.

Submitted by P T on March 3, 2010 at 12:36

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