Help!!!I can't get my toddler to stop vomiting she also has bad diarrhea. Any advice?

(October 22, 2012)

How to treat vomiting and diarrhea in children?

Almost all children have had vomiting and diarrhea at some time or the other. In most instances, the causes of vomiting and diarrhea in children include bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms. Your child could also suffer from these symptoms after eating or drinking something that did not agree with him. Vomiting and diarrhea in children can be a major cause for concern as they can lead to dehydration. Therefore, you need to control both diarrhea and vomiting in your child as soon as possible.

The treatment for vomiting and diarrhea in children does not usually require any medication, at least in the beginning. Most health care providers will advise you to change your child's diet immediately. For the first 12 hours, your child can have water, soft rice and flat ginger ale. After that you may be allowed to give your child dry toast, ripe bananas, skinless chicken and baked potato. You need to make sure that your child drinks a lot of water and other hydrating fluids during the day. Check with your doctor about using an Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS), which controls diarrhea as well as vomiting. For treating diarrhea in children, there are several foods that need to be avoided. These include fruits (except bananas), milk, spices, fruit juice, carbonated beverages and sweets.

In case the vomiting and diarrhea are severe, or if they last for more than a day, it is best to seek immediate medical assistance.

Submitted by N H on October 22, 2012 at 12:45

Vomiting and diarrhea are common occurrences in adults as well as children and both of them occurring at the same time can worsen your condition to a great extent. Both these conditions directly result in dehydration which considerably affects the health of the child. Diarrhea in children especially under three years of age is an alarming condition as children can get dehydrated very easily. Diarrhea in toddlers is caused usually due to an infection by bacteria or viral gastroenteritis and its symptoms generally include frequent watery stools, loss of appetite, abdominal cramps, weakness in the body and irritation. In certain sever cases of diarrhea in toddlers they might pass blood in the stools. It is important that parents look out for such symptoms.

In case of vomiting, the first thing you need to do is stop feeding your child any food. Start giving your child spoonfuls of oral rehydration fluids which are available at all drugstores and can be easily made at home. You can also give ice pops, ice chips and other clear liquids in order to prevent dehydration. If your toddler does not throw up after having these fluids, you can ask them to eat dry toast or crackers. If the toddler can digest this, you can try giving him/her mashed potatoes, yogurt and mashed banana. You can also cook a cup of pulses and then blend it with a little water so that it forms a thick paste. Mix a little yogurt with this paste so that it forms a relatively thin liquid. Feed your daughter a few spoons of this liquid every hour or so to ensure that she is receiving adequate nutrition.
Honey is an excellent remedy as it provides the child with a good source of energy and nutrient. However, raw honey should not be given to infants and toddlers and so processed honey would be an ideal choice. You can offer your daughter fresh juices once she starts to recover. A mixture of carrot and banana can be given to infants who can eat solid food. A toddler who has diarrhea should not consume any dairy and milk products or fiber rich foods and fruits like peaches, plums, apricots and so on. Make sure that you give your toddler small meals throughout the day as a small amount of food intake helps the digestive system by putting less pressure on it. If it is a severe case of vomiting and diarrhea in toddlers, it is essential that you take your toddler to the specialist as it can indicate a serious underlying condition. Mild cases of diarrhea, which lasts for about a few days, can be treated and the child’s health be restored to normal. The diet of a toddler suffering from diarrhea should include fruits like banana, rice, cereal, toast, yogurt and apple juice as all of these are said to bind up the stools

Submitted by P T on February 18, 2010 at 11:18

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