How to treat vomiting

Vomiting is usually a symptom of something else like a stomach bug, food poisoning, or the flu.

Very bad headaches and other more serious health problems, or pregnancy, can also lead to vomiting. Most times vomiting isn't a big deal, but there are some situations when it's best to call the doctor. It is possible to get dehydrated (to not have enough water in your body) if you vomit a lot. 

How to treat vomiting:

  • A half hour to an hour after vomiting, sip water or sports drinks, a little bit at a time. Don't drink a lot all at once.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • When your stomach is feeling more settled, try eating bland foods like crackers, dry toast, bananas, or jelly.
  • Take paracetamol (Panado or Tylenol) for fever, aches, and pains.

Call the doctor if:

  • You get dehydrated. Look for extreme thirst, a very dry, sticky mouth, dark yellow urine, and dizziness or lightheadedness.
  • Your neck feels stiff.
  • You vomit more than 10 times in one day or you can't keep down even water without throwing it up.
  • You get chest pains.
  • You vomit up blood or what looks like coffee grounds
  • You are vomiting with a fever of 38°C or above for more than 2 days.
  • Your vomiting lasts longer than a week.
  • You suddenly get severe stomach pain or stomach pains get worse.

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