Vomiting is one health problem where advice for children and adults is completely different. If you’re an adult with vomiting, you have a much lower risk of dehydration, and usually can tell by thirst and other symptoms when you are becoming dehydrated. Adults are also better at noticing signs in themselves that some other illness is causing the vomiting. But children dehydrate quickly (especially if they have diarrhea, too). Children often can’t tell you about other symptoms they might be having, so it is important to get medical attention immediately.

    • If the nausea lasts for more than a few days or or if there is a possibility of being pregnant.
    • If home treatment is not working, dehydration is present, or a known injury has occurred (such as head injury or infection) that may be causing the vomiting.
    • Adults should consult a doctor if vomiting occurs for more than one day, diarrhea and vomiting last more than 24 hours, or there are signs of moderate dehydration.
    • Take your infant or child under six years to the doctor if vomiting lasts more than a few hours, diarrhea is present, signs of dehydration occur, there is a fever higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit, or if the child hasn’t urinated for six hours.
    • Take your child over age six years to the doctor if vomiting lasts one day, diarrhea combined with vomiting lasts for more than 24 hours, there are signs of dehydration, there is a fever higher than 102 degrees Fahrenheit or the child hasn’t urinated for six hours.

    You should seek immediate medical care if any of the following situations occur with vomiting:

    • There is blood in the vomit (bright red or “coffee grounds” in appearance)
    • Severe headache or stiff neck
    • Lethargy, confusion or a decreased alertness
    • Severe abdominal pain
    • Fever over 101 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Diarrhea
    • Rapid breathing or pulse

    If you are having symptoms of nausea or you are vomiting, please call or visit one of our conveniently located clinics.