Vomiting (and diarrhea) is a common sight at pediatrician’s offices throughout the entire year. These problems are especially dangerous for the smallest children – toddlers and babies. Dehydration can occur very quickly. This is why for such problems, a pediatrician should always be seen. If with older children, the vomiting is associated with a fever and other serious complications, it is also important to seek out a doctor. If you do not notice any other complications, the child should be kept calm and given liquids in small amounts, ideally with a spoon (a good solution being Kulíšek, a rehydration ion powder solution which is suitable for children from the age of 1 week).
Vomiting can be a warning sign of a viral disease, requiring the temperature be taken repeatedly. Mothers who are breastfeeding should know that vomiting should not cause them to stop breastfeeding altogether. If the vomiting is not manageable or if the child is vomiting repeatedly in short intervals, it is crucial to seek the help of a doctor.
This text was prepared by lead pediatrician of Canadian Medical Care, MUDr. Silvie Knoppová.
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