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How far does vomit have to go to be projectile

A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
Specializes in Pediatrics
Several feet: Projectile vomiting is the forceful expulsion of vomit, usually several feet away. Typical vomiting is several inches away. Projectile vomiting in a ... Read More
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Dr. Faisal Qureshi
28 years experience Pediatric Surgery
No defined distance: Projectile vomiting is not a particular distance. Rather it is the quality of vomiting, that is to say not dribbling or that associated with burping ... Read More
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Dr. Troy Reyna
44 years experience Pediatric Surgery
Depends: It can go inches to feet depending on hoow big the baby is and how full the stomach is.

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A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
24 years experience Emergency Medicine
See GI: Likely esophageal issue--could be diverticulum, achalasia, hiatal hernia, web/ring, bronch-fistula, etc. Need good history/exam, and likely imaging w/ ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
39 years experience Gastroenterology
Lots of questions...: You're describing bilious emesis. How often does this occur? Has there been weight loss, abdominal pain, or blood in what comes up? Ever had an ulce ... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim
19 years experience Urgent Care
Doubtful contagious: Unless the childs vomited entered your mouth, mucosal areas or was inhaled , it is less likely you will contract anything from the child. I presume t ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
35 years experience Pediatrics
Glad you asked...: Got a call once: child is vomiting. "how far?" i asked. "out of this room and on the wall of the next one." that's projectile vomiting. We don't s ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelly Kane
25 years experience Pediatrics
Careful: Watch for dehydration--urine output? Moist mouth? Good eye contact? Skin color pink? Finger print goes away in less than 4 sec? If vomit is pine green ... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
41 years experience Pediatrics
Forceful vomiting: For example, a child sitting on your lap and projectile vomiting could completely clear your lap with the material vomited, forcefully projecting it ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: Projectile vomiting is distinctive-extremely forceful expulsion of vomit, several feet away from the patient. Parents often describe 'projectile' vom ... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
58 years experience Pediatrics
Vomiting: Non projectile vomiting speaks more for a viral infection type of vomiting. Projectile vomiting speaks more of an obstruction of your GI tract.Stay on ... Read More
A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marc Hirsch
52 years experience Family Medicine
Pyloric Stenosis: Classically this is the cause. It is an emergency and easy to fix, but requires some surgery. Have it checked out now.

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