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Vomiting In Children


Some children, including babies, vomit for unknown reasons. Common reasons for vomiting include infection, digestive system or feeding problems, and swallowing a poisonous substance.



The following medicines may be ordered by your child's healthcare provider:

  • Antinausea medicine calms your child's stomach and controls vomiting.
  • Antibiotics help your child's body fight or prevent an infection caused by bacteria. Make sure your child takes his antibiotics until they are gone, even if he feels better sooner.
  • Give your child's medicine as directed. Call your child's healthcare provider if you think the medicine is not working as expected. Tell him if your child is allergic to any medicine. Keep a current list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs your child takes. Include the amounts, and when, how, and why they are taken. Bring the list or the medicines in their containers to follow-up visits. Carry your child's medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your child's healthcare provider in 1 to 2 days:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your child's visits.

Oral rehydration solution:

An oral rehydration solution, or ORS, contains water, salts, and sugar that are needed to replace lost body fluids. Ask what kind of ORS to use, how much to give your child, and where to get it.

Contact your child's healthcare provider if:

  • Your baby has projectile (forceful, shooting) vomiting after a feeding.
  • Your child's fever increases or does not improve.
  • Your child begins to vomit more frequently.
  • Your child cannot keep any fluids down.
  • You have questions or concerns about your child's condition or care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • Your child has shortness of breath or is gasping for air.
  • Your child's vomit contains blood or looks like it has coffee grounds in it.
  • You cannot wake your child.
  • Your child is irritable and has a stiff neck and headache.
  • Your child has abdominal pain that does not get better after he vomits.
  • Your child says it hurts or cries when he urinates.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.