Vomit and Your Child
Vomit is quite possibly one of the most disgusting of all of the body’s excretions. Come to think of it, excretion is quite possibly one of the most disgusting words in the English language, making vomit that much nastier.
When I was younger and had myself a belly ache, my mom always gave me sprite, saltine crackers, and toast. Whether or not those things actually work, I have no idea.
But, despite its utter horridness, puke inevitably has to be dealt with.
Kids puke; pregnant moms puke; dogs puke; cats puke. But kids … they are the masters of puke!
This article is just to give you a little info on why kids puke and what to do when they puke. (I don’t know why, but the number of times I've used the word “puke” is, you know, making me need to puke…) Let’s just start out with some of the causes.
- Allergies to Food
Despite my not-actually-an-allergy to steamed mushrooms from the frozen section, they always trigger my gag reflex. With kids, the list of foods that make them puke is much longer. There are, however, certain foods that a lot of kids are allergic to—milk, soy, wheat, fish, eggs, etc.
There are a lot of stresses in little kids’ lives—they might get nervous at school, have a big and scary piano recital, or be worried about the big kid on the playground at recess. Anxiety is more common in adults than in children, but it can still cause some issues.
If your kids are outside playing and having the time of their lives, the last thing they're thinking about is watering up. But throwing up, due to dehydration, is actually quite common for the little ones, whose only goal is getting in as much play time as possible.
This is an obvious one.
- Food Poisoning
Meats that haven’t been cooked long enough can result in food poisoning. Dairy products have also been known to cause this.
- Gastroenteritis (Stomach Flu)
Despite having the word “flu” in it, it is not related to influenza. This can be caused by bacteria, parasites, or viruses.
If your kid’s belly gets too full, the food has nowhere else to go except up and out.
Now that you’ve been enlightened on the causes of the wonderful substance that is vomit, there are numerous things you can do to either help or comfort your child in the event of nausea.