Should I Make a Doctor's Appointment?

Updated on December 20, 2010
A.W. asks from Saint Charles, IL
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My little girl is 5 years old and this morning she threw up once. She was complaining that her stomach hurt and then she threw up once. She doesn't have a fever but she's not acting like her active normal self. I put her back in bed about an hour ago and she is still there (normally there is no way she would lay in bed for an hour). So obviously she's not feeling great. I'm not sure whether or not I should call the doctor and make an appointment or if I should just keep an eye on her. what do you all think Mamas?

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Thanks Mamas! She will be in bed today and I've been pushing water. I hope it's a 24 hour thing. It's a busy week this week! Thank goodness all my shopping is almost done!

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answers from San Francisco on

Just a quick note about the fluids. If her tummy is queasy start off with just a tablespoon of water every 20 minutes. Sometimes the tummy is so sensitive it can't take very much of the much needed water.

Take care, T.

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answers from Modesto on

Aww... poor baby.

Could be flu, nothing docs can do about that. I'd keep her in bed and do the fluids thing and bland food for the day. Could be a 24 hr bug. You'll know if she starts getting feverish and achy that you are probably in for a week of nursing duty :)
Someone always manages to get sick right before or on Christmas, it's just the way the world goes round. Hope your shopping is all done :)

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answers from New York on

It's Christmas time - of course she has a stomach virus. My mom said she can't recall one Christmas with 5 kids when at least one kid wasn't sick. <smile>. WIth 2 kids we've had plenty of Chrismases with a sick kid too.

Let her sleep, give her plenty of fluids. When she begins to feel hungry go with the BRAT diest - bananas, rice, apples and (chamomile) tea. If she doesn't bounce back in 24 hrs call the doctor.

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answers from Pittsburgh on

Personally, I'd keep her home another day or so, watch her, keep checking her temp. When my son gets something like a stomach bug he sleeps, and sleeps, and sleeps then wakes up with a's just his "M.O."
Push fluids if she can keep them down, have her eat very lightly, if she has the appetite.
Hope it's a 24 hr thing and she's better soon!

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answers from Eau Claire on

I would personally call the doctors office and see what they think. My ped likes to see my kids if they are showing symptoms, but no fever. They will let you know if its something they think she should be seen for or if you should just have her take it easy. Don't be afraid to call, that's what they are there for!! :) Hope your little one feels better...

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answers from Kansas City on

Sounds like the flu, I'd give it today and if she is still vomiting tomorrow then make the call. Just be sure to keep her hydrated.

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answers from Fort Wayne on

Just keep an eye on her. Chances are she has a bit of a stomach bug. There's nothing a doctor is going to be able to do for her. You'll probably be exposing her to more germs by taking her to the doctor. In the meantime, make sure she's getting plenty of fluids (water, not milk or juice) and lots and lots of rest.

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answers from Chicago on

i wouldn't. i had it, my son had it and my husband has it now. it lasts about 2 days, one day bad. i'd get pedialite and just keep her home.

head aches come w/it too so maybe tylenol

sorry. blah

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answers from Tulsa on

wait 48 hrs to call the doc pepto and sprite

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answers from Phoenix on

Well, up here in Flagstaff, there is a really nasty stomach bug going around. Just make sure that's she's drinking plenty of fluids and try giving her some soda crackers if she's up to it. I know...I had the nasty bug this weekend and the doc had to call in Phenergen because I couldn't even keep water down. If your daughter gets like that then, ya, call the doc.

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answers from Topeka on

Just keep an eye on her. Could be a short virus or even a 24 hr virus. Give her plenty of liquids and don't force her to eat. She will be running around in no time.

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answers from Chicago on

Did you take her temp? Ask her what she ate? Of course it's always a good idea to call the doctor but sometimes its other things, so continue to watch her a little longer and if she is lethargic or high temp, glossy eyed, unresponsive, call soon. There are a lot of viruses going around. Then again there is a lot of good tastey treats out there this time of year and we do not know what the kids eat all the time if they are out and about.



answers from Houston on

Well, I'll tell you that I hate running to the doctor for every little thing and if I call them, they usually convince me to bring them in. However, I called our pediatrician this morning because my daughter had some cold/flu symptoms for several days (runny nose, complaining off and on that her throat hurt and complaining off and on that her stomach hurt), but she had plenty of energy and never ran a fever. Then, she woke up yesterday morning and was so tired/lethargic that she kept falling back asleep on the couch. Then, she perked up by yesterday afternoon, but I noticed a rash on her. I was convinced she had Fifth's Disease or some other virus and that she was probably at the end of it since the rash appeared and she never ran a fever. The pedi wanted her to come in and it turned out to be strep, so I was glad I listened this time. I think if she has only thrown up once, I might give it one more day, but since Christmas is coming up, I wouldn't wait a whole lot longer than that. Good luck! Hope she's better soon! I'm holding out hope that my son doesn't end up with strep too. Merry Christmas!

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