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Vomiting

When your child is vomiting, sit them up leaning forward towards the floor to help prevent choking.

Vomiting — babies

Babies can lose a lot of fluid if they are vomiting and can become sick very quickly.

Contact your doctor if your baby has severe vomiting, vomits for more than 6 hours, the vomit is green in colour, your baby will not drink, appears ill (drowsy, floppy, not alert), passes less urine, has a fever, or it is difficult to calm them.

Keep giving them plenty of fluids (drinks). If you are breastfeeding, keep doing so. If your baby is bottle fed, keep giving them their formula and extra fluids. Offer them food and fluids from their normal diet. Homemade sugar and salt solutions are not recommended. Don't offer fizzy drinks, fruit juice, apple juice or sports drinks.

Vomiting — older children

Older children also need plenty to drink. Offer them foods and fluids from their normal diet. Homemade sugar and salt solutions are not recommended. Don't offer fizzy drinks, apple juice or sports drinks. Fruit juice can be given to an older child if diluted 4 parts water to 1 part juice.

If your older child is hungry and wants food, let them eat small amounts. Otherwise, don’t worry about food. Regularly offer drinks in small amounts, for example every half hour. Drinking is important to prevent dehydration.

If the vomiting continues, is green in colour, they will not drink or have other signs of sickness (drowsiness, passing less urine, pain, stiff neck) they need to be seen by a doctor.

 

For help and advice call PlunketLine 0800 933 922, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If your child is sick please call Healthline, 0800 611 116, New Zealand's 24-hour telephone health advice service. All calls are answered by registered nurses.
In an emergency phone 111.
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