Vomit and Your Child
Some of the things listed on the previous page can be avoided. For gastroenteritis, you can wash your hands, make sure you cook your food thoroughly, and use different cutting surfaces for different types of foods.
Fear is an element of anxiety, and when these emotions get out of hand they can cause serious disturbances in our children’s lives.
For dehydration, make sure your kids are getting lots of water.
It may seem like an unnecessary pit stop from playing to your kids, but hey—it won’t be as long as them having to stop playing completely because they’re knelt down in front of the porcelain altar.
Anxiety is not one that you can really avoid, but be someone that your kids feel like they can talk to. They are obviously needing some help if it’s causing them to throw up.
When I was younger and had a belly ache, my mom always gave me sprite, saltine crackers, and toast. Whether or not those things actually work, I have no idea. I felt like they worked, and I guess that’s probably just as important for your child—to at least think that the treatment given (whatever that might be) is actually working.
In addition to the run-of-the-mill harfing, there will be times that you’ll need to take your kids to see the doctor. If one of the following things happens, you should probably hop in the car and seek medical assistance as soon as possible.
- dehydration (especially likely in children)
- blood in the vomit
- puking for more than three days
- fainting, blurred vision, or clammy skin, in addition to the puking
So there you are! That’s a quick and practical look at puke, its causes, and how to deal with the vile stuff.