A to Z Symptom: Vomitingenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZSymptom-enHD-AR1.jpgMost cases of vomiting are due to viral gastroenteritis ("stomach flu") and can be managed at home with treatment to prevent dehydration.vomiting, vomit, puke, puking, throwing up, stomach flu, gastroenteritis, food poisoning, stomach bug, queasy, nausea, nauseated, nauseous, barf, barfing, hurling, spitting up, spit up, a to z, symptoms, dehydrated, dehydrate, dehydration,, CD1Primary Care, CD1Gastroenterology01/24/201304/12/201909/02/2019f497542c-8cc1-4975-a26b-00397b5ca353https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-symptoms-vomiting.html/<p><em>May also be called: Puking; Throwing Up; Emesis</em></p> <h3 id="a_More_to_Know">More to Know</h3> <p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vomit.html/">Vomiting</a> itself is rarely harmful, though it is upsetting. In most cases, vomiting goes away on its own with proper home care.</p> <h4>Causes</h4> <p>Vomiting can have many causes. Most cases are due to viral gastroenteritis, often called the "stomach flu," and can be accompanied by fever, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-symptoms-nausea.html/">nausea</a>, and diarrhea.</p> <p>Vomiting can be a&nbsp;symptom of a virus or bacteria&nbsp;infecting the gastrointestinal tract, like <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/rotavirus.html/">rotavirus</a>, norovirus, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/salmonellosis.html/">salmonellosis</a>, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/shigella.html/">shigellosis</a>, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ecoli.html/">E. coli</a>, and a number of others. The term "<a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/food-poisoning.html/">food poisoning</a>" usually refers to the vomiting and diarrhea caused by bacteria that have contaminated food or drink.</p> <h4>Treatment</h4> <p>For most people who have vomiting due to gastroenteritis, no food and no liquids by mouth for a short time, followed by clear liquids, will be treatment enough. Ask your doctor about suitable liquids. After 8 hours with no vomiting, slowly introduce bland and mild foods, such as toast, crackers, rice, and mashed potatoes.</p> <p>It's best for someone with vomiting to avoid being around others&nbsp;until 24 hours after all symptoms end.</p> <p>In some cases, vomiting can cause <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dehydration.html/">dehydration</a>, which requires prompt medical treatment.</p> <p>Vomiting that lasts for more than a few hours or keeps happening might have other, more serious causes. If this happens, call your doctor. He or she can find and treat the underlying cause.</p> <h3 id="a_Keep_in_Mind">Keep in Mind</h3> <p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hand-washing.html/">Washing hands</a> well and often is the best way to help prevent spreading contagious&nbsp;infections affecting the stomach and intestines. Everyone in your family should wash their hands after using the bathroom and before eating or preparing food.</p> <div id="khcontent"> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p> </div>
DehydrationDehydration is when the amount of water in the body has dropped too low. Read about what causes dehydration, what it does to your body, and how to prevent it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/dehydration.html/4dbb09f6-59a5-4398-a00e-944efd28f3d3
E. ColiUndercooked burgers and unwashed produce are among the foods that can harbor E. coli bacteria and lead to infection and severe diarrhea. Here's how to protect yourself.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/e-coli.html/e50859c8-aed8-4e36-80cf-946493dc4f12
First Aid: VomitingVomiting can be caused by many things, most commonly gastroenteritis (the "stomach flu"). Here's what to do when your child throws up.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vomiting-sheet.html/a510f112-6183-4c79-9463-b55e0d3ae7d4
Food PoisoningSometimes, germs can get into food and cause food poisoning. Find out what to do if your child gets food poisoning - and how to prevent it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/food-poisoning.html/3574049c-833d-4fb5-b597-6a9d1c4aae09
Food SafetyLearn why food safety is important and how you can avoid the spread of bacteria when you are buying, preparing, and storing food.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/food-safety.html/c6a206a5-5abf-4711-bbc3-86943d8a9e36
Food Safety for Your FamilyWhy is food safety important? And how can you be sure your kitchen and the foods you prepare in it are safe?https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/food-safety.html/0caf1e5d-2bda-4ba7-8855-560f9e30f791
Germs: Bacteria, Viruses, Fungi, and ProtozoaGerms are tiny organisms that can cause disease - and they're so small that they can creep into your system without you noticing. Find out how to protect yourself.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/care-about-germs.html/59b8feef-766a-4272-ac83-38140b1d176a
Produce PrecautionsKids need daily servings of fruits and vegetables. Here's how to make sure the produce you buy and prepare is safe.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/safe-veggies.html/178370f4-5486-499e-a6a5-c13f9ad98fa2
Pyloric StenosisPyloric stenosis can make a baby vomit forcefully and often. It can lead to serious problems like dehydration, and needs medical treatment right away.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/pyloric-stenosis.html/f4f9ad04-3e24-4290-9b0d-6d6d50fce04c
SalmonellosisSalmonellosis is an illness caused by a bacteria found in raw food, soil, water and the bowel movements of some animals, including reptiles. Find out how to prevent this illness.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/salmonellosis.html/df451bd6-869b-4f33-9613-363ce4dcd383
VomitingMost vomiting is caused by gastroenteritis, and usually isn't serious. These home-care tips can help prevent dehydration.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vomit.html/20a54ee4-1e9e-4822-9631-614f8e08d622
What's Puke?Did you ever toss your cookies? That means throw up, or puke. It's gross, but just about everyone has done it. Find out more in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/puke.html/fcbff5db-60b4-469d-a5de-c57a805b60e1
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