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What causes severe vomiting in a child?

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Posted on Tue, 19 Jul 2016
Question: Hi, my 3.4 yrs old son was was vomiting yesterday from evening to night. One vomit had food. Rest 4-5 vomits no food, just water or cough type. But he was feeling extremely nauseous.

I gave him Emset before sleeping at night. He has not vomited today but he is just sleeping. Not even eating.

Please help me with what I should give him. If I should be worried about his situation. What all measures need to be taken now.
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Answered by Dr. Pradeep Kumar Jain (9 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Please get him evaluated by a pediatrician

Detailed Answer:
Hello

Thanks for asking on this platform

I have gone through the details and do understand your concern.
Most common cause of vomiting without other associated symptoms like loose stool,headache or irritability is gastritis.
It is good that vomiting has been stopped but persistent vomiting can cause hypoglycemia,electrolyte imbalance or dehydration.
I would suggest you to try to feed him (mainly fluid/ORS).If he remains lethargic or sleepy,please get him evaluated by a pediatrician for clinical examination,investigation or treatment if needed.

I shall be glad to help you out if you have any more doubts.
Regards



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Follow up: Dr. Pradeep Kumar Jain (38 minutes later)
Thank you Doctor,

He does not have fever, loose stool,headache or irritability.

I am giving him water and in between ORS. But he is hardly getting up and just sleeping.
Should I take him to some doctor immediately or wait a little till he eats something.

Also what should I give him to eat or drink?
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Answered by Dr. Pradeep Kumar Jain (1 minute later)
Brief Answer:
You can observe and wait

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for follow up

I won't get worried if he is accepting fluids.
Observe him carefully,monitor urinary frequency (3-4 times a day) and try to feed.
You may give easily digestible food like khichdi,dal,soup,curd etc.Avoid giving juice,citrus fruit,milk,spicy food,tea/coffee or soda.
You may wait and if you find that vomiting recurs,child is lethargic and not accepting orally;consult a pediatrician.

Wishing for your child's good health.
Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Nagamani Ng
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Follow up: Dr. Pradeep Kumar Jain (35 minutes later)
Thank you so much for the help.
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Answered by Dr. Pradeep Kumar Jain (0 minute later)
Brief Answer:
Glad to help you

Detailed Answer:
It's my pleasure that you found my suggestion helpful.
I shall be happy to help you further if you need any.
Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Nagamani Ng
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What causes severe vomiting in a child?

Brief Answer: Please get him evaluated by a pediatrician Detailed Answer: Hello Thanks for asking on this platform I have gone through the details and do understand your concern. Most common cause of vomiting without other associated symptoms like loose stool,headache or irritability is gastritis. It is good that vomiting has been stopped but persistent vomiting can cause hypoglycemia,electrolyte imbalance or dehydration. I would suggest you to try to feed him (mainly fluid/ORS).If he remains lethargic or sleepy,please get him evaluated by a pediatrician for clinical examination,investigation or treatment if needed. I shall be glad to help you out if you have any more doubts. Regards