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Nausea and Vomiting, Age 11 and Younger (cont.)

Check Your Symptoms

Home Treatment

Newborns and babies through age 6 months

  • Do not feed your baby for about 30 to 60 minutes after he or she has vomited. Be sure to watch your baby carefully for dehydration. Signs include your baby being thirstier than usual and having darker urine than usual.
  • If your baby is breast-fed, continue breast-feeding. Offer each breast to your baby for 1 to 2 minutes every 10 minutes.
  • Do not give your baby plain water.
  • If your baby is formula-fed, switch to an oral rehydration solution (ORS).
    • Offer 0.5 fl oz (15 mL) of the drink every 10 minutes for the first hour.
    • After the first hour, gradually increase the amount of ORS that you offer your baby.
    • When 6 hours have passed without vomiting, you may resume your child's regular formula feedings.
  • Do not give your child any medicine—prescription, nonprescription, herbal, or home remedies—without your doctor specifically telling you to do so.

Children 7 months to 12 months

  • When there has been no vomiting for 1 hour, give 0.5 fl oz (15 mL) of oral rehydration solution (ORS) every 10 minutes. Be sure to watch your child carefully for dehydration. Signs include your child being thirstier than usual and having darker urine than usual.
    • After the first hour, gradually increase the amount of ORS that you offer your baby.
    • When 6 hours have passed without vomiting, you may slowly resume your child's regular formula feedings.
    • Offer bananas, cereals, crackers, or other mild baby foods to your baby.
    • You can also offer ORS frozen pops to your child.
  • Do not give your child plain water, fruit juice, or soda pop. Fruit juice and soda pop contain too much sugar and not enough of the essential minerals (electrolytes) that are being lost. Plain water and diet soda pop lack calories that your child needs.
  • Do not give your child any medicine—prescription, nonprescription, herbal, or home remedies—without your doctor specifically telling you to do so.

Children over 1 year

  • When there has been no vomiting for 1 hour, give 1 fl oz (30 mL) of a clear liquid every 20 minutes for 1 hour. Be sure to watch your child carefully for dehydration. Signs include your child being thirstier than usual and having darker urine than usual. Increase the volume of clear liquids that you give by 3 fl oz (90 mL) an hour for each hour that your child does not vomit. For example, give your child:
    • 2 fl oz (60 mL) of fluid every 20 minutes during the second hour for a total of 6 ounces (180 mL) in the second hour.
    • 3 fl oz (90 mL) of fluid every 20 minutes during the third hour for a total of 9 ounces (270 mL) in the third hour.
  • Clear liquids include oral rehydration solution (ORS), clear broth, and gelatin dessert.
  • You can also offer ORS frozen pops to your child.
  • Do not give your child plain water, fruit juice, or soda pop. Fruit juice and soda pop contain too much sugar and not enough of the essential minerals (electrolytes) that are being lost. Plain water and diet soda pop lack calories that your child needs.
  • Gradually start to offer your child regular foods after 6 hours with no vomiting.
    • Offer your child solid foods if he or she was eating solids before. Offer crackers, toast, broths, mild soups, mashed potatoes, rice, and breads to your older child.
    • Allow your child to eat what he or she prefers—the type of food is not important.
    • Avoid high-fiber foods, such as beans, and foods with a lot of sugar, such as candy or ice cream.
  • You may give your older child an over-the-counter antinausea medicine, such as meclizine (Antivert or Bonine) or dimenhydrinate (Dramamine). Follow the package instructions carefully. If you give medicine to your baby, follow your doctor's advice about what amount to give.

If your child also has diarrhea, try home treatment for diarrhea.

Symptoms to watch for during home treatment

Call your child's doctor if any of the following occur during home treatment:

  • Dehydration develops. Signs include your child being thirstier than usual and having darker urine than usual.
  • Your child's vomiting returns or becomes severe.
  • Blood or yellow or green liquid (bile) is present in your child's vomit.
  • Your child's vomiting does not get better.
  • Intermittent vomiting occurs more frequently with home treatment or lasts longer than 4 days.
  • Your child's symptoms become more severe or frequent.
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