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Treatment for vomiting

  • In our previous posts, i wrote about some of the ways in which vomiting can be controlled and i want to add some more points regarding the same. Following are some of the basic measures that can followed to control the vomiting.

    Lie down in a quiet room with a basin at the bedside. Do not attempt to suppress vomiting. Do not take any food or medicines. Avoid all dairy products, acidic fruits and juices, alcohol, coffee (including decaffeinated), sodas except flat (de-carbonated) non-caffeinated clear sodas (7-Up or ginger ale).  Avoid aspirin, ibuprofen and medications containing these. Immediately after vomiting or retching (dry heaves), allow the stomach to remain empty for 2 hours. Eat ice chips, several ounces over the next 90 minutes. If no vomiting occurs, try sips of clear liquids, such as water, broth, or diluted apple juice. If these sips are tolerated without vomiting, slowly increase the volume of these fluids.   If vomiting recurs, allow the stomach to rest and start over with ice chips.

    controlling vomiting

    controlling vomiting

    First 12-18 hours: take clear liquids

    • Ice chips, water, diluted apple juice, flat, non-caffeinated clear sodas, Jello/gelatin, Popsicles , weak non-caffeinated herbal teas.
    • Once fluids are kept down consistently, foods may be slowly added. In the next 12 hours, try small amounts of:
    • Banana, toast/jelly (no butter or margarine), clear soup, saltine or graham crackers, pretzels, applesauce, white rice, steamed or mashed potatoes, dry cereal without milk.

    After 24 hours, add:

    • Cooked oatmeal or Cream of Wheat without milk, hard-boiled or poached egg (white only), cooked white chicken (not fried, remove skin), lean beef.
    • During the next 2 or 3 days gradually add more foods, such as skim milk, low-fat yogurt, puddings and fruit.
    • Do not rush back to a full regular diet continue to avoid fatty/greasy foods, spicy foods, acidic foods, and alcohol.
    • If vomiting ceases with these simple measures and if there are no other symptoms, it may not be necessary to call a physician. If vomiting continues, however, medical care should be sought as soon as possible.

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