Doesn’t it hurt you to see your toddler’s face turn gray and passive due to vomiting? Do you know how to prevent him from throwing up too often? If vomiting in toddlers is what you need to know about, you should read this post.Toddler vomiting at night can cause a lot of trouble.
Vomiting is quite common among toddlers, and it occurs due to many conditions, which include nausea and stomach problems. Here we look at some of the causes and symptoms of vomiting and how to prevent your toddler from throwing up often.
Causes Of Toddler Vomiting:
There are many causes of vomiting in toddlers. Some of the main ones include:
1. Motion Sickness:
Even adults are prone to motion sickness when they travel. Similarly, your toddler’s delicate immune system is more prone to motion sickness. As a toddler eats something once in every three hours, sudden movements for long hours can lead to disturbed digestion and make him puke out undigested food.
2. Gastric Trouble:
Vomiting is a sign of an upset stomach or other gastric problems. Stomach infections can enter your toddler’s body through food, air or water. The next time you are out with your baby, keep an eye on any changes in food or air or water.
Sometimes, medications and antibiotics can also trigger vomiting in toddlers. Toddlers usually vomit with an increase in body heat. If your toddler is vomiting due to possible side effects of medications, don’t worry too much unless the vomiting does not stop, or his condition is too severe.
4. UTI (Urinary Tract Infections):
Urinary tract infections or UTI can also lead to toddler vomit. UTI affects your toddler’s kidneys and results in disturbed sleep, fever, and vomiting.
5. Food Allergies:
Sometimes, your toddler may throw up due to some possible food allergy. Check with your doctor and find out what foods your toddler is allergic to. Your toddler may even suffer from breathing problems due to food allergies. As soon as your toddler consumes allergic food, his/her immune system immediately invades the foreign particles and triggers a series of effects to protect your immune system. Some common food allergens include peanuts, white soy, and eggs. Allergies are not genetic or hereditary. For example, you might be allergic to peanut but that does not mean your toddler will be allergic too. The probability of hereditary allergies is around 50%.
6. Depression Or Stress:
Sometimes depression or stress can trigger vomiting in toddlers. Sudden weather changes or a crowded environment can cause your toddler to vomit.
[ Read: Symptoms Of Stress In Toddlers ]
7. Head Injury:
A head injury can be a serious complication, and if your toddler vomits within 24 hours of a head injury, you should get him to a doctor immediately.
Another reason that can cause vomiting is improper clothing. If your toddler is wearing something too warm for summer, he may end up vomiting.
Symptoms Of Vomiting:
Although vomiting is usually a symptom of many disorders, sometimes vomiting exhibits some related symptoms, which include:
- Loss of appetite or hunger
- Simultaneous crying
- Abdominal pain (you can check pressing his tummy gently).
- Loose motions and a slight fever
Consulting A Doctor?
Infections are a part of building immunity, so get too bothered. However, if the symptoms persist and he doesn’t seem to get better, take him to a doctor immediately. Some of the signs that you need to seek immediate medical aid include toddler vomiting mucus and the following:
- Persistent dehydration or vomiting or diarrhea
- If your toddler vomits right after his meal
- Dry lips, mouth, and pale face
- Running fever
- Breathing issues
- Rashes and swelling
- Severe irritability
- Projectile vomit (vomit comes rushing out with force)
Home Remedies To Treat Vomiting:
Let’s look at some home remedies to supplement the doctor’s treatment.
Remember to get your toddler to drink lots of water. Water and glucose in the proper proportion are essential for keeping vomiting away. Don’t overdo it, as more glucose in the system may lower your toddler’s temperature drastically. Ensure that he eats light and mild food right after he vomits.
Clean your toddler up and get him to rest in a cool and airy room. If he is crying, soothe him. Remember to give him space and let him rest when he is vomiting. Try and give him water to drink or glucose water.
Don’t give him any medications before consulting a doctor, as they may have side effects. Always remember to give rest to a vomitting toddler.
3. Boiled Food:
Once your toddler takes a rest, you can also consider feeding him some light and easily digestible food like plain boiled rice. Boiled food is light on the stomach and easy to digest. What’s more it does not have a high concentration of spices.
4. Ensure Proper Digestion:
Once your toddler finishes a meal, make him sit down and relax for a while before sleeping. The activity helps improve his digestion. Sleeping right after one finishes a meal isn’t healthy for anyone of us, especially for your toddler.
5. Avoid Bathing Immediately:
Don’t let your kid have a bath as soon as he finishes a meal. Bathing immediately after eating food can slow digestion.
Preventing Vomiting In Toddlers:
The adage is clichéd, but ‘prevention is still better than cure.’ Keep these simple tips in mind to prevent your toddler from vomiting.
- Keep an eye on what your toddler eats and whether he gets enough essential nutrients.
- Pay attention to other factors like exercise, change of place and temperature.
- Not all the toddlers can digest food from restaurants. Carry some homemade food when you are on a vacation to reduce your toddler’s chances of vomiting.
- Ensure that your toddler doesn’t consume any contaminated food. Remember that vomiting and food poisoning are soul mates.
- Avoid feeding your toddler raw or uncooked food.
- Your toddler may force you to get him something to chew and munch. Don’t entertain any of it.
Follow these simple tips and prevent your toddler from vomiting. It will improve not only your toddler’s health but also boost his immunity.
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