Nausea and Vomiting, Age 11 and Younger
Vomiting occurs when a child's stomach contents are forced up the
Vomiting in a baby should not be confused with
Causes of vomiting
A baby may spit up for no reason at all.
Most vomiting in children is caused by a viral stomach illness (
Rotavirus is a virus that can cause severe vomiting and diarrhea.
Vomiting can also be caused by an infection in another part of the body, such as
When a toddler vomits, it is important to make sure he or she has not swallowed medicines, household liquids, or other poisons. Look around the house for empty containers and spills. There may be pills in your child's vomit, or the vomit may have an unusual appearance, color, or odor. For more information, see the topic
A child who falls down and forcefully hits his or her head or belly may vomit because of an injury to those areas. Check your child's body for bruises and other injuries.
Babies and children younger than 1 year old need special attention if they continue to vomit. They can quickly become
Also, be sure to notice the color of the vomit, and count the number of times your child vomits. If your child vomits so frequently that you can't get him or her to drink or vomits every time he or she takes a drink, the risk of dehydration is greater.
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