Interviewer: Your child is sick and vomiting. The good news is it usually stops in about 6 to 24 hours. But until then, how can you keep them hydrated, and should you make them eat? Pediatrician Dr. Cindy Gellner, what advice do have for parents?
Dr. Gellner: When your child has a stomach virus, vomiting and diarrhea can be pretty intense for the first day or so. It's really important to keep kids hydrated during this time. Many parents get concerned because their kids don't want to eat. Not eating is a good thing. If you force them to, they could lose it all over again. Don't give them solid foods for about eight hours once they've started vomiting. Clear liquids only. Give babies Pedialyte and older kids should drink sports drinks and just small amounts at a time. Once they can hold food down, give them things like yogurt, bananas, rice, apple sauce, toast. Definitely hold off on the burgers and pizza for a few days.
updated: August 12, 2021 originally published: April 26, 2018
- The Difference Between a Pediatrician and a Pediatric Gynecologist
- When to Take a Vomiting Child to the Hospital
- The Basics: Pediatric Behavioral Issues
- The Basics: Painful Periods in Girls
- Why You Shouldn't Miss Your Child's Pediatric Doctor Appointments
- If Your Child Swallows a Button Battery, It’s an Emergency
- What is Causing Your Child’s Chronic Headaches?
- Home Treatments for Croup that Will Help Your Child’s Barking Cough
- The Basics: Your Daughter's Painful Urination
- The Basics: Vision Screening with Kids