Make sure your child is drinking often.
Frequent, small amounts work best.
Allow your child to drink as much fluid as he or she wants.
Encourage your child to
drink extra fluids or suck on flavored ice pops, such as Popsicles. Children
ages 4 to 10 should drink at least 6 to 10 cups of liquids
to replace lost fluids. Note: Do not give your child plain water, fruit juice, or soda pop unless you don't have any other rehydration fluids available. Fruit juice and soda pop contain too much sugar and not enough of the essential minerals (electrolytes) that are being lost. Diet soda pop lacks calories that your child needs.
Cereal mixed with milk or water may also be
used to replace lost fluids.
Gradually start to offer
your child regular foods after 6 hours with no vomiting.
Offer your child solid foods if he or she
was eating solids before. Offer crackers, toast, broths, mild soups, mashed
potatoes, rice, and breads to your older child.
Avoid high-fiber foods, such as beans, and foods with a
lot of sugar, such as candy or ice cream.
For older children
After talking to your child's doctor, you may give your older child an over-the-counter antinausea medicine, such as meclizine (Antivert or Bonine) or dimenhydrinate (Dramamine). Follow the package instructions carefully.