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Home Health Kids Fighting Nausea and Vomiting in Children

Fighting Nausea and Vomiting in Children

When my oldest son was a toddler he had a formidable “habit:” we would go to a restaurant and at some point in the meal he would give a slight cough, and then the vomiting would ensue. Needless to say, this often made eating out awkward. 

We never knew what caused the vomiting, and like most vomiting episodes, it was fairly harmless, and he was fine afterward.  However, vomiting can have several causes such as a viral infection, nervousness over being somewhere new, food poisoning, motion sickness, and overeating. 

There are a few things that you can do to ease, and maybe relieve, the discomfort of nausea and vomiting. Have your child:

  • drink clear or cold drinks, and be sure to drink slowly
  • avoid tooth brushing after eating
  • don’t mix hot and cold foods
  • avoid fried, greasy foods [that’s a good rule anytime]
  • eat light, bland foods (try Saltine crackers, plain bread, or even a banana)
  • ease up on activity and get some rest

As always, if you suspect something isn’t quite right, err on the side of caution and visit a health care provider.

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