Sunday, November 06, 2011

How To Handle Toddler Vomiting

By Martin Flores

It is not uncommon for a lot of children to vomit once in a while. Although toddler vomiting is not usually something to worry about, sometimes it may be a warning of some looming problem related to health. It is important to know when it could threaten the health of your child.

Kids vomit due to a number of reasons. Some causes include over eating or the common flu. Flu may cause congestion and respiratory infections. In other instances it could be due to a bacterial or viral infection. Acid reflux is another cause. Sometimes, throwing up could be a symptom of other ailments like meningitis, appendicitis and pneumonia among others.

If this condition is left untreated, it could lead to other complications. It may lead to dehydration which comes in form of splotchy hands and feet, sunken eyes, excessive sleepiness, dizziness or fuzziness among others. A child having such symptoms may require medical attention.

It is important that you keep the child hydrated. Whenever he vomits, a lot of water that is useful to the body is lost. To prevent him from getting dehydrated, you could give him clear liquids for example water plus broth regularly. Avoid giving drinks that are carbonated as they are not helpful in settling the stomach of the kid.

If your child has continued to vomit for more than twenty four hours, you should look for help. If he has dehydration symptoms like crying without producing tears, decreased urination, dry lips or dry mouth you should call the doctor. If his vomit has traces of blood or he has signs of fatigue or even jaundice, then you should seek help.

As stated earlier, toddler vomiting is very common among kids. However, when it is excessive, the health of the child may be affected. In this case, you are advised to look for the appropriate help to find out if the kid is alright so as to avoid complications that may occur later.

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