Blood in Vomit

Updated on May 22, 2010
M.S. asks from Nampa, ID
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My 6y/o son started throwing up at 2a.m. this morning and he was throwing up blood clots. Some were dark red and some were bright red. I cannot get a hold of our doctor til 9a.m. so I was wondering if any one knew what this may be?

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So What Happened?

I got a hold of the doctor before hours and asked me to watch him. I ended up taking him in to the doctor and found out that he had food poisoning. He gave him some medicine, prescribed medicine and has not thrown up the rest of the evening so far. Thanks for your responses :)

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answers from Indianapolis on

Yes, you should be able to get in touch with your doctor through their emergency line. Call it and ask them to page the doctor on call!

If you're really concerned, go to the ER or an urgent care facility.

But, blood is not normal in vomit. ALWAYS have the emergency service call the physician on call - there is always a doctor on call for every office every night - that's why they wear pagers, and this is the kind of situation that is completely appropriate to page them for.

Good luck. I hope it's nothing serious.



answers from St. Louis on

I pray all went well with your son. I know that bright red blood in very small amounts can be from straining when you throw up. I don't think the dark blood is too good.
LEt us know.



answers from Boston on

Light colored blood isn't anything to worry about. Obviously something is wrong and your son is probably hurting. But my guess is that he somehow injured his membranes when he was throwing up repeatedly.
Dark (meaning old/dry) blood is different, and definitely should be checked out.
You can also watch his stool for almost black spots, those would stem from internal bleeding (this doesn't automatically mean he had a gushing wound somewhere inside).
Hope you get in touch with a doctor soon!


answers from Philadelphia on

Go to the ER... do not wait for a doctor to call on the phone... it is never good to throw up blood or clood clots... and dark red blood (almost black) is a sign of internal damage and hemorrhaging...



answers from Denver on

GOOD GRIEF! That is alarming! I know I am late but I would think that your doc would have an on-call physician. If not, you can always call Children's Hospital or in this case I would go straight to the ER. I hope everything is ok.



answers from Savannah on

Definitely head to the ER. Good luck! I hope he gets well soon.



answers from Atlanta on

ER -go to the ER NOW!

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