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What could vomiting and runny stools indicate?

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My Son, 6 years old, currently on holiday in Spain. Spent yesterday 2 hours on the beach with hat and well cover from the sun. No symptoms when we went out for dinner in the evening. Meal started with bread (with garlic butter and sea salt), and orange juice. Son had a very small taste of each. He developed a blister in the middle of his top lip, complained of feeling sick and vomited (all within 20 mins). At the end of the meal (he did not eat anything else) he vomited again. A lot of phlegm and ended up with a completely blocked and runny nose which would not clear. One side of his nose is now open, the other still blocked, the membranes inside the nose look to be swollen (mid afternoon next day), and he has runny poo. The blister varied in size during the meal, and disappeared last night. Does/has not complained about any pain. He is eating and drinking OK today (a bit reluctant to eat at breakfast).
Posted Sat, 21 Apr 2012 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Rakhi Tayal 18 minutes later

Thanks for writing to us.

The symptoms of vomiting and runny poo are indicative of a Gastrointestinal infection. Since he was off to a beach, a change in dietary habits and intake of contaminated food or sea water may cause stomach upset which is causing the frequent passing of watery stools.

The runny nose and phelgem is due to Upper Respiratory Tract Infection- may be bacterial or viral.
1. You can start by giving him a soft, bland food: toast, bananas, crackers, plain rice, cooked carrots, boiled potatoes, baked chicken ~ no skin, etc.
2. Replace lost fluid and salts: Give broth, soup, fruit juices, soft fruits, or vegetables.
3. Avoid the following foods: Dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt, etc.), Cold drinks - stick to warm tea or water as long as symptoms persist, raw fruits and vegetables, fried & greasy food and fast food, spicy food, caffeine, etc.

If the symptoms are not relieved, medical treatment might be needed after proper examination.

For the upper respiratory tract infection, most likely Antibiotics are needed. You need to get him examined by a pediatrician for the appropriate medicines to be prescribed.

I hope my answer and recommendations are adequate and helpful. Waiting for your further follow up queries if any.

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