When you toddler is suffering from fever and vomiting, it can be an unpleasant situation for both the child and the parent. Vomiting can make the child very uncomfortable and dehydrated. If vomiting is accompanied with fever, it may be a symptom of a serious condition, which can include bacterial or viral infections which can lead to stomach illnesses, flu, or hepatitis.
Although a high fever can be worrying, bear in mind that it is the body’s way of fighting the infection. The other reasons that can cause vomiting in toddlers can include a stomach bug, congestion or respiratory infections, pneumonia, meningitis, appendicitis, and food poisoning.
Fever and vomiting in toddlers can make them weakened and can become a serious problem in younger children. If your toddler has fever and is vomiting, he or she is getting dehydrated and is losing fluids that the body needs faster than expected. It is important to keep your toddler hydrated by giving plenty of fluids in the form of mild electrolyte solutions. In case your toddler is vomiting frequently, give him or her one teaspoon initially and gradually increase the amount as the vomiting decreases. Do not give juices as they can trigger vomiting.
There are certain signs that you have to look out for when your toddler’s fever and vomiting is accompanied with other symptoms. These may indicate other serious conditions which need immediate medical attention.
Vomiting with fever and refusal to eat, dark or cloudy smelly urine with urination being painful can indicate urinary tract infection. If your toddler is sleepy, lethargic, has vomiting, fever, a stiff neck, is irritable and sensitive to light, and has a bulging soft spot on the head, it can mean meningitis which requires immediate medical attention.
If toddler vomiting and fever is accompanied with listlessness, loss of appetite and jaundice, it can indicate hepatitis. There could be no strong symptoms of jaundice at times. At other times there may be a marked yellowing of skin, eyes and urine. If your toddler has a very weak immune system, there are chances of viral encephalitis if vomiting and fever is accompanied with severe headache, disorientation, personality changes, convulsions, hallucinations, drowsiness, and coma. This needs immediate medical attention.
Remember that as a parent you are the best person to know when your toddler acts strangely and you can judge if your toddler is fine or if something is wrong. Vomiting and fever in toddlers are not serious, but keep a watch for other signs and symptoms that can spell other serious conditions. Keep yourself well informed and consult your pediatrician if you sense anything is amiss.