Vomiting and nausea

If a child is nauseous or vomiting:

  • Stop solid food.
  • Offer clear liquids such as water, flat cola or ginger ale (shake the bottle or stir the liquid in a glass to remove the bubbles), gelatin, or broth. Do not force the child to drink, but offer small amounts of liquids often.
  • Offer liquids in very small amounts: 15 to 30 milliliters (1 to 2 tablespoons) every 5 to 15 minutes for 30 to 60 minutes. If the fluid is vomited, reduce the amount given each time to 5 milliliters (1 teaspoon).
  • Offer frozen juice or ice chips to help soothe the child.
  • If the child asks for food and has not vomited for an hour or more, give plain crackers, plain cookies or toast, or rice cereal.
  • Ask the family to call the doctor when a baby younger than 6 months is vomiting.
  • If a child vomits on clothing, remove the clothing and, if necessary, sponge the child with soap and water. Dress him in clean clothing or wrap in a blanket or towel. Place the soiled clothing in a leakproof plastic bag, label, and send home for the family to wash.