5 Yr Old Vomiting Help!!

Updated on November 16, 2011
A.A. asks from Las Vegas, NV
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Hello Mama's,
I had to keep my son home from school today because he has been throwing up since 2:30 am IT IS NOW 1:12PM. Any thing I give him Popsicle, water, juice Gatorade he can not hold down. Anything in his stomach is coming up. I really need to get him to hold fluids so he doesn't get dehydrated.
Is there such a thing out there that is over the counter to re leave nauseousness?

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So What Happened?

He was at home with dad all day while I worked. Dad took excellent care of him. Thank you for the ideas of the 1oz at a time it worked and then he wanted a grilled cheese sand and was fine. Guess it was just a 24 hour bug because he is fine now.
Thank you all so much!

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answers from Pittsburgh on

JUST went through this. ask at the pharmacy for Cola Syrup. Crush ice and put about 2T in a tiny glass with the ice and have him sip little tiny sips of it. It really does work to relieve nausea. (It even worked for me when I got nauseous from cleaning the nausea! LOL
Good luck!

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answers from Seattle on

How much liquid are you letting him try at a time? Our pediatrician's online tips suggest:

"For a child over 1 year old with vomiting (but no diarrhea), the best fluid is water or ice chips because water can be directly absorbed across the stomach wall. If your child is 2 years old or older water is best, but half-strength lemon-lime soda or Popsicles are also okay. Stir the soda until no fizz remains (the bubbles inflate the stomach and increase the chances of continued vomiting).

Start with 1 teaspoon (5 ml) to 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of the clear fluid, depending on your child's age, every 5 minutes. After 4 hours without vomiting, double the amount each hour. If your child vomits using this treatment, rest the stomach completely for 1 hour and then start over but with smaller amounts. This one-swallow-at-a-time spoonfed approach rarely fails."

We used this tactic the last time we had a stomach bug in the household, and it worked for us, although by the end of the first 4 hours, my daughter was VERY tired of only being allowed to have a small sip at once.

Best wishes!

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answers from Kansas City on

I wouldn't rush giving him anything until he is not vomiting. I would try ice chips to start with. Then clear liquid diet is best I think. You could also call an emergency room to ask about the diet, or a nurse line or whatever you have there or even your own doctor. I forgot how long they told me to stay on that with my kids but it won't hurt them for a day or so and is better than rushing it and starting it all up again. Clear liquid diet is things like below:
"plain water, clear fruit juices, broth, clear sodas or sports drinks, honey, plain gelatin, clear ice pops and tea or coffee without cream." Then after he keeps that down for a few hours you could go to crackers slowly, etc. I think it best to check with the doctor on how long to do the liquids though. You don't want to rush it.
Hope he's better soon.

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answers from Abilene on

Dramamine is supposed to help with nausea. You might try that.

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answers from San Francisco on

You might want to call your pediatrician for guidlelines and advice. When my daughter was sick like this once, I called the pediatrician and she told me what to look for, when to come in. The most surprising thing was the small amount she told me to start out with. If I remember it was something like 1 tsp every 15-20 minutes. If she was ablt to hold that down I could increase it VERY gradually. She recommended using straight water so it wouldn't upset her stomach. It's as though you have to slip very small amounts by the angry tummy

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answers from Honolulu on

Take him to the Doctor or ER, if you can.
You don't know why he is vomiting.

Give him ice chips or 1 teaspoon of liquid(water) at a time.
Slowly. Over time. Not all at once.

Is he peeing?

Dehydration is a potential danger, as you know.
And who knows why he is vomiting.
He has been vomiting for at least 24 hours, now.
I would take him to the Doctor.
Have him, hold a trash can or trash bag in front of him, as you drive (so he can throw up into it).
And bring a whole roll of paper towels with you in the car to keep near him. And diaper wipes if you have. Or a bottle of water, so that you can use it to wipe him/clean him. And a blanket or towel, to hold over him like an apron, during the car ride.
I have done that before, when I have taken my kids to the Doctor, when they were sick like that.
If he needs to go to the Doctor, you find a way.

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answers from San Diego on

Some sort indigestion happened with my daughter few days back and she was throwing up whole night. After searching on internet we found a wonderful home remedy which worked instantly.
1 tablespoon honey+ 1/2 tablespoon ginger juice+ 1/2 tablespoon of lime juice.
Ginger is very effective in preventing nausea.

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answers from Providence on

does he have a fever? My son had the stomach bug,with no fever, and you just have to space out the fluids. If they are peeing enough, you shouldn't worry about dehydration, as long as it isn't over 8 hours. My son couldn't hold more then a 1/4 cup of juice down long enough. it would come right back up. Little spoonfuls every hour is what I did, until he stopped vomiting. I wouldn't give him any medicine right now, until he is able to hold liquids down. If he has a fever, I would give him tylenol/mortin. For some reason, grape popsicles seemed to be better then the other flavors.

Also, if it is a stomach bug, make sure that you stay clear of it too!

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answers from Los Angeles on

im glad hes doing fine!
next time, make sure you wait for one hour after vomiting before giving him anything to eat or drink (he wont dehydrate in an hour so dont worry) then give him a little at a time.
we went through the same thing (all four kids, one after the other, then me! five whole days of sick people! yuck!)

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answers from Lansing on

there are some great things for nausea both natural and medication. I would contact your ped though because you don't want him to get dehydrated which can happen so fast in kids. they may recommend something or prescribe something for you to give him. You may end up taking him in so he can get iv fluids and nausea meds. Good Luck!

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answers from Los Angeles on

try pedialyte..not sure if it helps with nausea but it works better than water to hydrate. google dehydration symptoms in kids and watch like a hawk for those signs. if he is still throwing up everything, call the doctor. he might need to get iv fluids.

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answers from Los Angeles on

I just had hip surgery and was really nauseous from the anesthesia. The nurse put an alcohol prep pad across the top of my nose and gave me another one to hold under my nose and it made a HUGE difference. It really worked! I get nauseous a lot and will definitely use this tip in the future.

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