Vomiting in children and babies
It's normal for babies and children to vomit occasionally.In most cases, it will last nolonger than one to twodays and isn't a sign of anything serious.
Themost common cause of vomiting in children and babies is Gastroenteritis . This is an infection of the gut usuallycaused by a virus or bacteria, which also causes diarrhoea .The symptoms can be unpleasant but your child will usually start to feel betterafter a few days.
However, persistent vomiting can sometimes cause your child to become severely dehydrated and occasionally it can be a sign of something more serious,such as meningitis .
This page outlineswhat to do if your child keeps vomiting and describessome of the common causes of vomiting in children and babies.
If your child has a high temperature, you can also read a separate page about fever in children .
Read about some of the main causes of vomiting in children and babies. Find out how to look after your child while they're ill and when you should seek medical advice.
If your child vomits, you should keepa close eye on them. Trust your instincts and contact your GP immediately if you're worried. If the cause is just a tummy bug, your child should still be feeling
You should contact your GP if: your childis repeatedly vomiting andis unableto hold down fluids you thinkthey're dehydrated symptoms of dehydration can include a dry mouth, crying without producing
In most cases, you can treat your child safely at home. The most important thing you can do is make sure they keep drinking fluids to prevent dehydration. If your baby is vomiting, carry on breastfee
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