Vomiting and Diarrhea
Vomiting is an uncomfortable symptom that no one wants to experience. Vomiting can occur for a variety of reasons. Some of the most common causes of vomiting include viral illness, pregnancy, stomach flu, food poisoning, or medication reaction.
Vomiting in children is common and typically indicates the presence of a virus or bacteria. While unpleasant vomiting usually resolves in twenty-four hours in the case of a viral illness. Children and elderly adults should be closely monitored for dehydration if vomiting occurs. Dehydration occurs rapidly. If you notice a child who has been vomiting becoming lethargic, not urinating, refusing liquids or a child who develops a fever call your child’s doctor right away.
Drink clear liquids and stay hydrated, try the BRAT diet (Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast) for the first twenty-four hours after vomiting has started. These foods are easy for the stomach to digest and may ease the vomiting.
Rest as much as possible. If vomiting continues for more than twenty-four hours, or you experience a period of consistently uncontrollable vomiting, run a fever above 101 F, or develop any new or worsening symptoms call your doctor or stop by a Quest Care Urgent Care Center.
Diarrhea is also another symptom usually related to viral illness inside the stomach. It is worrisome in children and elderly adults because these populations can become dangerously dehydrated from diarrhea very rapidly.
Diarrhea is defined as loose, watery stools several times per day for two to three days. It may be accompanied by cramps, bloating and nausea or vomiting. There are many over the counter medications available to ease this symptom. During this time, you may try to treat your symptoms at home. Rest and drink plenty of clear liquids to prevent dehydration.
Eating a diet high in starches like bread, cereal and rice may help your stool return to normal. Call your doctor right away or stop by a QuestCare Urgent Care if you notice blood in your stool, begin to run a fever over 101 F with vomiting and diarrhea or if you have severe pain in your lower abdominal area.