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    Nausea and Vomiting

    How Is Vomiting Treated?

    Treatment for vomiting (regardless of age or cause) includes:

    • Drinking gradually larger amounts of clear liquids
    • Avoiding solid food until the vomiting episode has passed
    • If vomiting and diarrhea last more than 24 hours, an oral rehydrating solution such as Pedialyte should be used to prevent and treat dehydration.
    • Pregnant women experiencing morning sickness can eat some crackers before getting out of bed or eat a high protein snack before going to bed (lean meat or cheese).
    • Vomiting associated with cancer treatments can often be treated with another type of drug therapy. There are also prescription and nonprescription drugs that can be used to control vomiting associated with pregnancy, motion sickness, and some forms of dizziness. However, consult with a doctor before using any of these treatments.

    How Can I Prevent Nausea?

    There are several ways to try and prevent nausea from developing:

    • Eat small meals throughout the day instead of three large meals.
    • Eat slowly.
    • Avoid hard-to-digest foods.
    • Consume foods that are cold or room temperature if you nauseated by the smell of hot or warm foods.
    • Rest after eating with your head elevated about 12 inches above your feet.
    • Drink liquids between meals rather than during meals.
    • Try to eat when you feel less nauseated.

    How Do I Prevent Vomiting Once I Feel Nauseated?

    When you begin to feel nauseated, you may be able to prevent vomiting by:

    • Drinking small amounts of clear, sweetened liquids such as soda or fruit juices (except orange and grapefruit juices, because these are too acidic)
    • Resting either in a sitting position or in a propped lying position; activity may worsen nausea and may lead to vomiting.

    To prevent nausea and vomiting in children:

    • To treat motion sickness in a car, seat your child so he or she faces the front windshield (watching fast movement out the side windows can make the nausea worse). Also, reading or playing video games in the car could cause motion sickness.
    • Don't let kids eat and play at the same time.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on December 5/, 014
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