What should you feed a vomitting child?

Dina - posted on 02/07/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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I tried Chicken soup and it didn't stay down. Crackers? Ice Pops? What has worked for you?

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Denise - posted on 02/13/2009

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While they are actually still within an hour of vomiting. Nothing. Then move to clear liquids. IE: Popsicle's, broths (nothing else in it), jello is great (or jello water ~ this is the jello warm liquid before it is refrigerated just add a little more water. It gives liquid and protein all in one and kids can keep it down a lot of the time), pedialyte or water downed gatorade (gatorade is often too sugary and too strong for a nauseated tummy to handle), ice chips. Give it to them in small quantities at a time. Spoon fulls or use a medicine syringe to squirt it in.

After they keep those down for a couple of hours use the BRAT diet.

Bananas
Apples (applesauce too)
Rice
Toast and other crackers (things that have salt on them soothe the stomach)

You can also use ginger. In any form or buy in capsule form at the natural supplements part of your drugstore. Ginger ale (as long as it is real ginger ale and not a flavored one) helps soothe the stomach. Just let it go flat first. You can leave it out for awhile or put a little bit of sugar in it and be careful sugar causes it to fizz up real fast. Gingersnap cookies when they are on the BRAT part of it helps.

Also there is a natural product called Emetrol in the drugstore. It is OTC and is made specifically for children and pregnant moms. It has no side effects but it helps control nausea. Only problem is you can't give them liquids or food an hour before or after giving it. But if they are really throwing up alot, it has been the only thing that has stopped it for us. HTH

Roxie - posted on 09/29/2012

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i dont know i gave my 5 year old ritz crackers and those came up but it took awhile.

Melissa - posted on 02/13/2009

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I have had a lot of experience with this. My son seems to catch stomach bugs everytime they go around. He likes water & usually does ok with keeping that down. He will nt drink the pedialyte. I do give him gatorade but I dilute in because the eloctrolytes are much for little people. He also does well with sugar fee popsicles. This is all I will give him while he is vomiting. When he can go a full hour without vomiting I will try crakers or dry toast. If he can keep that down, I move to broth & jello. I try to stick with this until he has not vomited for at least 8 hrs. Then try small amounts of any other bland foods he is willing to eat. Just remember, it is not important for them to eat but they have to keep hydrated. Hope this helps.

Shannon - posted on 02/07/2009

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Clear fluids first in small sips. Water, pedilyte,ginger ale. When the child can keep that down then you can try jellos, oatmeal,toast, bananas-bland foods. It's ok if they don't "eat" but it is very important for a child to keep hydrated. Vomitting children can become hydrated and that can be a problem. They will let you know when they are ready to eat. Good luck and I hope your child is well soon.

Nicole - posted on 02/09/2009

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Just fluids at this point. Our Dr. always tells us as long as the child is drinking every hour on the hour, they will be fine. I always give my children "propel water." It has a little bit of a lemon taste to it and is very refreshing when they do not feel well. Also light colored gatorade is great to replace the electolytes. Stay off the food for at least another 24 hours and have them sip the fluids slowly every hour! Hope they feel better soon!!! God Bless!

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Roxie - posted on 09/29/2012

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yeah thats some good advice. i will try some or your tricks. Thanks.

Ally - posted on 02/13/2009

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If they are actively vomiting (like every hour) you should just let them rest their bowels and once they haven't gotten sick in several hours you can start with clear fluids such as pedialyte with very small frequent sips. If they then tolerate that for several hours you can start very small bites of food...use the BRATY diet bananas rice apples toast and yogurt ...hope he fells better :) just remember food is much less important than keeping some fluids in them

Shelly - posted on 02/08/2009

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Try Pedialite...And toast all seems to work for my boys.  Hope this helps I will keep you in my prayers...Sick kids are not fun

Brooke - posted on 02/08/2009

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Dry toast is supposed to be really good...it is supposed to asborb the enzimes in the stomach...

Amanda - posted on 02/08/2009

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Sips of water is most ipmortant! Grated green apples work well. (peel them before grating!) I read some research for uni (miwifery of all things) there is an enzyme in it that helps.  we have 'hydralyte' here in Aust. seems most people here are form USA etc. so I don't know the equivelant.



Soft drinks end up dehydrating them further..



Please DONT give gatorade or similar drinks to your kids.. it has too much potassium in it.



HOpe your treaseures are well soon

Crystal - posted on 02/07/2009

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I feed my kids a little bit of yogurt at a time until they can keep it down then let them sip water constantly.

Laurie - posted on 02/07/2009

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when my babes were young.. docs were not so helpful but my grandmother told me to let them suck on a peppermint stick (candy cane).. while they were not puking I could put one cup 8 oz of water in a pyrex measuring cup and heat it then add one peppermint disk and let it dissolve.. cool the water and give it to the child.. also for less sugar celeste peppermint tea also works.. this just helps get them taking clear fluids again then add the pedialite and broth.. I pray this is helpful

Ashley - posted on 02/07/2009

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my 3 month old was vomiting and the doctor told me to not feed him any formula for 8 hours and that's only if he could keep the pedialyte down and to start with a very tiny amount and then increase it every 5 min. i don't know how old your little one is but, you could prolly give her some sprite or seven up but only in little sips

Melissa - posted on 02/07/2009

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My daughters' doctor have always said it is not as important for them to eat as it is for them to drink and stay hydrated. The biggest thing that they worry about when little ones are sick is dehydration. Stay away from sodas they will not help hydrate you. OJ will upset tummies. But if these are the only things you can get them to keep down then these would be better then nothing. You can try pedialite or Gatorade as these both have electrolytes in them and will help with rehydration. I have found that drinks that are room temp are better then those that are cold they seem to be easier to digest. Then as they stop throwing up you can add the BRATs diet. Bananas, rice, apples, toast. Hope this helps and they get to feeling better real soon.

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