Vomiting is not uncommon for toddlers. However, if you notice your toddler is vomiting frequently, it could be a sign of an underlying issue that will require medical attention. Frequent vomiting can mean that your child is not getting the necessary nutrients into their system, which can lead to more serious health issues. Usually these symptoms are temporary and can be treated with a bit of home care.
You may notice that your child is awakened at night due to nausea or vomiting. When this happens, they may have a slight temperature. This is normal and should not be cause for concern, unless they experience a severe increase in temperature. In order to help determine what type of treatment is necessary, you should make note of any accompanying symptoms.
In most cases, your child will only vomit for a few seconds at a time. They may vomit more than once if the diaphragm is fluctuating heavily, propelling the contents of the stomach forward at an intense rate. These episodes tend to be more frequent at night because your child is lying flat, making it easy for stomach acid to travel up the esophagus.
In many cases, a vomiting toddler is nothing to be concerned about. If the vomiting lasts under 2 nights and is not accompanied by any other symptoms, then do your best to keep your child comfortable until the symptoms pass. Any vomiting that exceeds 2 nights should be evaluated by a doctor. You will also need to immediately consult a doctor if it appears as though your child is vomiting up blood or is suffering from abdominal distress. Children who appear to be suffering from headaches should have scans or an eye exam to start treatment.
Mild vomiting symptoms can often be treated at home. Make sure your child drinks plenty of fluids to help them stay hydrated. You may also want to invest in fluids containing electrolytes, such as sports drinks, that will help them regain a balance in their system. Have them drink these fluids slowly so that they do not upset their system again. If you choose to give your child an antacid, make sure that you read the instructions carefully to ensure that you give them a dose that is appropriately sized for small children.
If your child is prone to vomiting then you may want to lay them in an upright position when they go to bed. This will help prevent stomach acid from travelling into the esophagus and causing discomfort. You can accomplish this by propping their pillows up slightly. Have your child drink electrolyte and salt solutions throughout the day to help keep their condition stable. You can also introduce them to chamomile and peppermint tea to help curb their nausea. Ginger tea or ginger ale soda are also known for helping to combat nausea and vomiting. If you opt to give your child soda, you may want to stir it until it goes flat, as children with sensitive stomachs may not react well to the carbonation. If you are using a chamomile, peppermint, or ginger product, read the ingredients to ensure that they are flavored with the real product instead of a flavoring agent to obtain the best results.