A 38-year-old female asked:
severe vomiting an diarrhea seven years old
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Pediatrics 28 years experience
Vomiting : Vomiting and diarrhea become problematic for children as they have little reserves. The longer a child goes without good hydration, he or she can become dehydrated, develop electrolyte (salts of the blood) abnormalities and look really ill. Besides finding out the cause of the vomting and diarrhea, here are few tips for your child:
1. Offer your child some pedialyte or gatorade. You can also make your own "oral rehydration solution" see the attached link
2. Offer smaller amount of fluid but more frequently. For example 1 oz every 15 minutes or so.
3. Bananas are a good source of potassium.
4. Keep track of how often your child urinates. If your child stops urinating, it is possible that he/she is too dehydrated and may need further medical care.
5. Avoid over the counter anti-diarrhea medications - like Imodium (loperamide) - unless you are instructed by a physician to give it to your child.
If you notice the following, you need to seek immediate help for your child:
1. Bloody stools
2. Blood in his/her vomiting
3. Your child becoming sleepy or "lethargic"
4. Your child has stopped urinating
5. Your child has abdominal pain out of proportion
6. Your child has vomiting and diarrhea longer than 48 hours and there is no signs of improvement
7. Your child has other chronic illnesses - such as seizures, immune deficiencies, cancer - where the vomiting and diarrhea would compromise the absorption of their daily medications.
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Pediatrics 44 years experience
Gastroenteritis: If these symptoms of diarrhea, emesis are severe, go to emergency room
or pedi md for evaluation and possibly treatment: may need Zofran to
control nausea, emesis and worsening dehydration. In the meantime, a diet
free of milk, BRAT : bananas, rice, apple sauce and toast, clear soups are in order.
See md if mental status has changed.
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Last updated Dec 22, 2018
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